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American Crow

American Crow
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-08 4:00
Viewed: 3192
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know this is just a crow, but I have been trying forever to take a decent picture of one, to add to the biodiversity of my portfolio. I find crows extremely challenging to shoot. I hope this one looks alright to you.

American Crow
Corvus brachyrhynchos

Corneille d'Amérique (French)
Cuervo americano (Spanish)

Widespread, common, and obvious, the American Crow is known by most people. What is less well known is how complex its life is. Young crows remain with their parents until they can find a home of their own, and individual relationships may last years.

Eyes dark brown.
Legs black.
All feathers black glossed with violet.
Size: 40-53 cm (16-21 in)
Wingspan: 85-100 cm (33-39 in)
Weight: 316-620 g (11.15-21.89 ounces)
Sexes alike in plumage, but male averages slightly larger.

Common call a harsh "caw." Also a variety of rattles, coos, and clear notes.

Cool Facts:
American Crows congregate in large numbers in winter to sleep in communal roosts. These roosts can be of a few hundred, several thousand, or even up to two million crows. Some roosts have been forming in the same general area for well over 100 years. In the last few decades some of these roosts have moved into urban areas where the noise and mess cause conflicts with people.
Young American Crows do not breed until they are at least two years old, and most do not breed until they are four or more. In most, but not all, populations the young stay with their parents and help them raise young in subsequent years. Families may include up to 15 individuals and contain young from five different years.
The American Crow appears to be the biggest victim of West Nile virus, a disease recently introduced to North America. Crows die within one week of infection, and few seem able to survive exposure. No other North American bird is dying at the same rate from the disease, and the loss of crows in some areas has been severe.
In some areas, the American Crow has a double life. It maintains a territory year-round in which all members of its extended family live and forage together. But during much of the year, individual crows leave the home territory periodically. They join large flocks foraging at dumps and agricultural fields, and sleep in large roosts in winter. Family members go together to the flocks, but do not stay together in the crowd. A crow may spend part of the day at home with its family in town and the rest with a flock feeding on waste grain out in the country.
Despite being a common exploiter of roadkill, the American Crow is not specialized to be a scavenger, and carrion is only a very small part of its diet. Its stout bill is not strong enough to break through the skin of even a gray squirrel. It must wait for something else to open a carcass or for the carcass to decompose and become tender enough to eat.


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Cool shot of this American Crow, Manyee!
Nice details and pose.

Hi Manyee,

Beautiful photo of this Crow. Good pose, detail and colour.
You photographe with digiscoping or is only your S3?

Hi Manyee,
Very nice capture! Very sharp and great composition.

Regards, Peter

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-08 7:02]

Hola Manyee,
magnífico disparo,
bello pov. textura y perfecto cielo azul...
excelente nitidez.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-08 7:18]

Hello Manyee,
I don't know abou the American crow, but the european crow is quite shy. Makes it hard to photograph. But you have a nice capture here, with the dark parts well exposed. Even some blueish reflection. Nice!

Good shot Manyee. I think the lightning is good, composition interesting. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Manyee,
And what a way to add biodiversity to your portfolio!
I like so much this capture of the american crow, you really did it great.
Not only the pose is very good, but also the light, the POV, the eposure and the beautiful blue sky.
I like also the good composition made.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

hi manyee,
nice shot with good sharpness & details, sky makes lovely bg, the s3is works magic in your hand, how do you rate this camrea, i am planning to buy one soon,
please advice.
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-08 10:59]

Hello Manyee,
You've made the most of the slight glossiness of this crow's black plumage, the lighting helping to define the feathers in this sharp shot. Otherwise crows and Ravens are difficult to depict well ,as you say.
Nicely composed against a blue sky.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-08 11:13]

Hi Manyee,

A fantastic capture of this crow. The black is magnificent against the blue sky. Every detail is excellent. Nice of him to pose like that for you.


merveilleuse posture de cet oiseau qui pose pour la photo, superbe netteté

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-08 15:27]

Hi Manyee, I can't believe that you took such a fine shot of a Crow!! Wow. I love photographing Crows because they are so clever and they have a great deal of personality. They are difficult to photograph as the light has to be just right, as well as shutter and aperture. I never dared to put any of my Crow shots on TN.
This a most wonderful shot of the tones of black and the great beck of this majestic bird. Your focus, sharpness and DOF is great, contrast with the sky is fab. Wonderful composition all round. tfs debz

Hi Manyee,
That is an excellent shot on the American Crow. Not an easy exposure, but you nailed it. The colors and detail in the black plumage look great. The blue sky backround really shows him well.


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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-03-09 10:31]

More than decent result Manyee. Great capturing of black. I like the finishing and suiting frame.TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-10 5:35]

Hi Manyee,
Excellent job at getting great details on a very tough subject, thanks for sharing.

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