02.12.2020-2 Common Raven nestlings

I don’t make very many bird images but every once in a while an opportunity presents itself. Part of the reason I purchased the Tokina 100-400 last year was to take better advantage of those opportunities when I can.  In this case, I am going back 12 years when I used a Canon 300 f/4 with a 1.4x teleconverter.

These ravens were nestled in an overhang in the Quabbin Spillway where they are known to return year after year. The nest isn’t always so well seen from the bridge but in 2008 they were very accessible in this location. Other years the adults can only be seen flying back and forth with the young well hidden.  The parents didn’t seem concerned with the presence of birders and went about their business pretty much unaffected by us.  There had been a third who fledged ahead these two. Once all were flying they most often could be seen together for the next week or two.

They have such beautiful blue eyes and those striped leggings!  Eventually ravens’ legs become all black like the rest of them but for now, so cute.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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34 Responses to 02.12.2020-2 Common Raven nestlings

  1. Andrew says:

    The blue eyes were the first thing to strike me. The crow family is underrated. I am very fond of jackdaws. You should do more bird photography Steve.

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    • melissabluefineart says:

      Are you a follower of Father Brown, Andrew? I saw an episode recently in which a jackdaw played a key role in finding the murderer. I’d not seen one before then.

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      • Andrew says:

        I have read some of the stories and may have seen one or two episodes on TV but I don’t think they show in HK. The sound of the birds is what I especially like. It always strikes me as a happy sound. A gregarious chatty bird. 🙂

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      • melissabluefineart says:

        Yes, it does sound happy 🙂
        I keep meaning to pick up some of the stories to read, but then when I get to the library I get distracted by the shiny new books. I shall do better.

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    • I am hoping to, Andrew. I am thinking about getting a 2x tele-extender to aid in that, but I know the 400 is enough for many. The family is very smart from what I’ve read so would offer quite a few interesting subjects, I’d think.

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  2. melissabluefineart says:

    I agree, it would be fun to see more birds. Like Andrew, I was struck by the blue eyes. Do their eyes turn dark as they mature, or do they have blue eyes?! Who knew? I’ve only ever seen one raven here, and I suspect it was blown off course. I wish we had more but at least we are seeing more crows again. They were fairly wiped out a decade ago and were slow to recover here.

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  3. In addition to the ravens, I like the jumble of twigs below them.

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    • A lot of work goes into building those nests. They don’t go to the same spot in the spillway every year but do repeat at times. Whether the nests can hold up to the winds through there is doubtful so they must build new ones annually.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    And such amusing expressions. What a treat to see them well – I’m glad you were able to get this photo.

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  5. I too was struck by the eyes. There’s a “there” there. The corvid intelligence is showing already.

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  6. Leya says:

    Love the streaks of blue – eyes too. Pretty two.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    I finally sorted out ravens and crows, and learned that almost certainly anything big and black around here (that isn’t a vulture) is a crow. The ravens just aren’t part of our world. The blue eyes are remarkably bright, and after I finished thinking that they legs look like they’re wearing the sort of socks common to soccer teams, I wondered if the stripes might help with camouflage. The patterning on them looks a bit like the sticks in the nest.

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    • Mostly what we see around here are crows also. But within the Quabbin there are a number of ravens and although I don’t always see them, it’s hard to miss their calls.
      The stripes could be part of their protection from predators. It doesn’t last so that very well may be the evolutionary strategy.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    I’ve never seen young ravens like this, so the blue eyes were a surprise to me. I love these sorts of opportunities (though not so much the crowds that sometimes go with them). I’m glad you got to see this, and thankful you shared it.

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    • I was actually one of only two others there, and one of those was my buddy I was shooting with. I had been there a few days earlier while a couple of birding groups visited but they behaved and the birds were fine. Thanks, I was pretty happy for the experience and the pictures.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    I guess like kittens, their blue eyes turn dark later. I find ravens fascinating birds.

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  10. krikitarts says:

    Ravens are really amazing birds. Back when I was in vet practice in Wisconsin, a client brought me a fledgling whose mother had met an untimely end and I raised him and taught him to fly. I named him Edgar and let him fly where he would. For a couple of weeks he would come back at my call and spend the night in his shelter, but one night he decided to take on the world and didn’t return. I’ll never forget him, or the joy and education he brought to us and our growing girls!

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  11. Very Nice Steve! They are interesting photo subjects! Lots of detail!

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  12. I had the same thought about their eyes, Steve. How wonderful that you were able to get these close-up images.

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