Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CHEERING FOR THE RAVENS


Ravens don’t live where I live so when I travel to forested places at higher elevations
 I watch for the great birds.

They are jet black from their knife shaped beak all the way to their toes.
 They are larger than crows and have a thick neck and shaggy throat feathers.

 Heavy skirt feathers come in handy for keeping feet warm in cold weather.

Ravens have a reputation for being among the smartest of all birds.  They have been known to solve complicated problems and are often seen flying straight down highways looking for roadkill.

 Soaking up some thin sunlight in icy weather

Studies done in Yellowstone Park found ravens locating injured elk and calling raucously, attracting the attention of a local wolf pack for an easy kill.

Raven researcher, Bernd Heinrich established that ravens and wolves are close associates.  His data showed that ravens were found near wolf packs up to 99.7 percent of the time in winter at Yellowstone National Park.

It is very possible that ravens and wolves are hunting partners who share the spoils.

I like to watch as they communicate 
and search the area from their positions on favorite perches.

Then, with a low croak, they stretch across the sky in easy, flowing wingbeats,
 the long, “fingers” at their wing tips sweeping the air.



Maybe The Ravens are considered the underdog but I’m still cheering for them to soar into victory. 

12 comments:

joeh said...

Well the underdogs beat the Patriots...bring on the 49ers!

Linda Sue said...

Loving every one of the photos. Ravens can be intimidating when you are little- but, of course, they are so smart that they do not annoy little people so much...just going about their business looking for dinner. I think that they are very fancy! Shined , polished , and sharp!

Linda Sue said...

misplaced- NOT the little people looking for dinner- the Ravens...

Alica said...

Go Ravens! We'll be cheering for them too...since the pathetic Eagles had a horrible season, we might as well stay "local"! :)

gowestferalwoman said...

your photos always blow me away....

they talk. Been in many woods that when they are there, you know it - surreal talking...

fishducky said...

As always--LOVE YOUR PHOTOS!!

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

Birds of mystery....spirit birds.

Joanne Noragon said...

We have lots and lots of ravens patrolling the national park. I never considered what else they may eat, but they do a fine job with the road kill.

susan m hinckley said...

Loved this, Leenie! You are so much fun.

Gina Gao said...

I liked these pictures very much. I just think ravens are a bit misunderstood in culture.

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Brian King said...

Great shots! I happen to like crows and ravens! They're intelligent and stately looking.

Anzu said...

I love all of them !
They are so beautiful.