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Australian Raven

Australian Raven
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-14 4:38
Viewed: 5669
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the biggest scavenging birds of eastern southern Australia is the Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides). They are a large bird over 50 cm long and have a wingspan of 1 metre. They live naturally in open woodland and along the coastline, where they prey on carrion. They have readily adapted to live in urban areas over the past 200 years and are common on playing fields, parks, rubbish tips, harbours and other open ares near human habitation. Adult pairs have permanent territories up to 100ha that both male and female defend. Juvenile and un-paired adults can hang around in groups up to 10, with occasion winter flocking of up to 100 birds.
This one was captured on the rocky shore at Red Point where they patrol of beach-cast material and offerings from fishermen.

fthsm, siggi, red45, mayuresh, SelenE, darwin, boreocypriensis, iris, albert has marked this note useful
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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2008-07-14 4:48]

It is always fun to take a picture of Australian Raven. Almost impossible to guess their next movement :)
An addition to your excellent note, in some places they are being killed to keep their numbers under control, because they are stealing some endangered birds eggs and chicks.

nice-shiny one, TFS Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-14 5:18]

Hello Chris,
Beautiful picture of this raven. Clear picture, very good light. Good sharpness and beautiful black nuances of the feathers. Well done,
Best regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-14 5:34]

Hi Chris!

Excellent portrait of raven. This bird was very common in Poland [of course not Australian, but European] but now it is rather rare. Very good exposure, I like detailed and shinning feathers. Very good, colorfull BG made nice contrast with main subject.

Hi Chris,
We have also several Corvus species in Turkey, but, not this one. Very impressive bird with white eyes. Sharpness, details, composition, POV and DEF very good. Well done. TFS,

Hello Chris,
Superb portrait of raven with excellent details,great focusing and lighting,sharpness,
well done,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-14 8:48]

Hi Chris,
I like the light and details on the plumage, composition, POV, colors, contrast and the background. TFS
All the best,

Well done, Chris.
Well composed. Good moment/pose. OOF BG is very good...

Hi Chris
Great shot with excellent detail and color in the feathers,not an easy accomplishment on a black bird.
Well done on the focus and exposure
tfs jon

Hi Chris, wonderful capture of this dark black coloured Australian Raven with splendid POV and DOF. TFS.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-16 21:23]

Hi Chris
What a contrast ..the body of black and white button like eye..

I guess the crows that we see here are also part of the same family.While the Common House Crow that we see here is dismissed by many as just another bird, i think they too have such beautifulm features. The same i think is the case with the raven you present to us.

The bird looks beautiful with its plumage glistening in the bright sun falling on it.The features are taken in excellent sharpness and the focus is spot on.The environmnet in which it has been captured lends a fine contrast to the dark shining colour of the bird.

I like the PoV you have used but i might have thought of going a bit more level to the bird
...superb DoF....Very well done.

And thank you for sharing this beauty...
TFS & Cheers

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