My love of ravens and crows has been growing for about 10 to12 years now. I used to be amused while observing them from my 3rd story apartment window where I fed them table scrapes from my cooking. They have a definite social platform and their ‘pecking order’ is severely enforced. It didn’t take long before I was photographing them and that was a long time and a kazillion frames ago. Finally after mostly 50 years of service industry jobs, mostly driving for hire, I retired. I now find the time and energy to do so many things I seemed never to have the time or energy to do.
I guess what truly ‘turned my head’ was the revelations learned from a PBS Nature program produced by WNET (.org Proprties LLC) called A Murder Of Crows, Birds with an Attitude.
“Crows do not have the best of reputations. They are generally dismissed as spooky—Hitchcock used them quite successfully to frighten moviegoers—or as a general nuisance. But their image is about to take a real turn. New research has shown they are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other’s voices and up to 250 distinct calls. They are very social, mate for life, and raise their young for up to 5 years. And they are able to recognize individual humans and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later. Crow experts from around the world sing their praises, and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen before.”
Own the DVD available here.