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Urban Cowboy

Urban Cowboy
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 52 mm Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Crows [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-24 15:55
Viewed: 3222
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have posted this Crow as I love watching their antics in the Park. They are very intelligent and will work together to solve a problem. I have seen them playing with and knocking discarded footballs around! I think they are very handsome. Hope you like him.
Carrion crow (Corvus corone)
The all-black carrion crow is one of the cleverest, most adaptable of our birds. It is often quite fearless, although it can be wary of man. They are fairly solitary, usually found alone or in pairs. The closely related hooded crow has recently been split as a separate species. Carrion crows will come to gardens for food and although often cautious initially, they soon learn when it is safe, and will return repeatedly to take advantage of whatever is on offer.

Where does it live?
A wide range of habitats - wherever there are trees, cliffs and even buildings to use as nest sites.

A wide range.

Where to see it
Found almost everywhere, from the centre of cities to upland moorlands, and from woodlands to seashore.

What does it eat?
Carrion, insects, worms, seeds, fruit and any scraps.

What does it sound like?
A deep 'kaarr'

When to see it
All year round.

Similar species
Rook, Jackdaw, Hooded crow

vizion, nglen, jaycee, Finland_in_Eton, Silvio2006, ramthakur, vanderschelden, Adam73, nainnain, horia, Adanac has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To horia: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-29 13:52
To Raptorman: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-29 09:55
To claudine: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-29 09:54
To vanderschelden: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-27 16:30
To Silvio2006: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-26 06:08
To pankajbajpai: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-26 06:00
To demeve: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-26 05:59
To jaycee: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-26 05:51
To sergeoss: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-26 05:50
To nglen: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-26 05:49
To nglen: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-26 05:48
To vizion: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-26 05:45
To stevkds: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-26 05:37
To Finland_in_Eton: Urban CowboyDebz 1 03-25 05:00
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Pretty shot Deborah. Picture is in color balanced. Picture is good arrected. Background is very good. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Deborah,

He is handsome alright. I think it's a good close-up, can even see the water drops on his beaks.
I like your title, but it's obvious with a haircut like that.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-24 17:31]
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Hi Debz. I like his name!! great shot ,very clear with lots of detail ,good light and DOF.. well done..

Hello Deborah,
So beautiful portrait of this nice bird!
Very good details and good composition!
TFS and regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-24 18:03]
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Hi Deborah,

Wonderful crow close-up. The features and plummage show so well even being so black. Love the water droplet!


Wow ! Terrific shot ! Fantastic title. Great POV and composition. Lovely color and detail. I like crows, too, they are clever. I recall reading something a long time ago about a pet crow someone had... before it was made illegal to keep them as pets... This crow had a collection of bits and bobs including seven pennies. If the owner took away one or two or three, the crow would seek out replacements until it had seven again. The same was true if pennies were added to it's collection, it would remove the extra ones. Maybe it was a gambling crow and seven was it's lucky number? TFS

Hi Deborah, nice pic of the nature's garbage collector, i like the pose very much, the black and blue combination could not be better..well done..

hi deborah,
fine capture, sharp image with good details, nice pov, lovely bg, overall a fine portrait of the crow,
tfs & regards

Hi Deb, splendid portrait of this black crow in great pose, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a nice sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Deb,
This is a great portrait of this dark bird. This is very close and you caught excellent details in a wonderful composition. This is very well done with superb lightning and perfect exposure! Thanks,

Hello Deborah , I saw "intelligence" in your crow's eye , very successful portrait of this person ! TFS.

What a cocky and confident Urban Cowboy, Deborah!
I like the portrait of this crow. He surely looks handsome here with that shiny plumage.
Well composed shot against the blue of the sky.
Best regards.

Hi Deborah,
Maybe one could be a bit puzzled about the DOF. That said an overall well done image; for example the colouration and composition are excellent

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-25 22:25]

Hello Deborah

A beautiful portrait of this crow.They are not easy to get a photo of,and you have managed very well.The exposure of the black plumage is very well done too.Very good DOF and POV.The details are sharp.Excellent eye detail,and catch light.Great job.TFS


Magnifique corbeau bien lustré.
Bonne journée.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-26 11:18]

Very nice shot. The ligting and exposure is perfect. It is so very hard to shoot a black bird. I have shot many and I'm only able to get half of them exposed correctly. You can see his eye and thats not easy. :) Very nice shot.

bonjour deborah
bien vu car ce n'est pas facile d'approcher les corbeaux.
pas mal de details malgrés sa couleur noire.
bonne netteté et le BG va bien avec le sujet.

belle macro, bien vu, bonne réussite
merci edith

hi debz,very good portrait were black has details and bg color give right contrast.
ciao, mario

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-28 5:21]
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Hi Deborah

Another splendi portrait from you!
The comtrast here between the dark crow and the lovely blue water behind it is amazing and looks terrific!
Also the details here on your subject are razor-sharp and those shining feathers really make a great effect on the light.
The POV is excellent and it gives you a great eye-contact and the composition is exceptional.

Bravo and TFS

Nice profile of the crow like he/she was posing. Great technical shot. well done.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-19 21:41]

Hello Deborah,
I agree these black fellows and the raven are so very intelligent, this capture has great detail in the plummage not easy of a black creature, good job.

Hi Deborah,
Crows are very skittish at most times, you managed to get very close to this one and captured a very nice image that shows nice details in both eye & plumage. :)

Hi Deborah,
Very good exposure and composition. It's harder to get a good exposure on a dark subjects. Nice background and good details.


Hello Deborah,
Crows are great birds, and resently they have dropped by to share food with my magpies in the mornings but they are not regulars as yet... and if it is up to the magpies they never will be! Two magpies can easily chase one crow to the horizon!
This is a fine portrait with great details, really showing the bird from its best side!
Pablo -

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