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American Crows

American Crows
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-06
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-20 11:47
Viewed: 3207
Points: 9
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The American Crow is a distinctive bird with iridescent black feathers. Its legs, feet and bill are also black. Several regional forms are recognized and differ in bill proportion and overall size from each other across North America, generally being smallest in the southeast and the far west. Averaging 18 inches (46 cm) in length, it is smaller than the Common Raven. American Crows have a lifespan of 7 to 8 years. Captive birds are known to have lived up to 30 years.

The most usual call is a loud, short, and rapid "caah-caah-caah". Usually, the birds thrust their heads up and down as they utter this call. American Crows can also produce a wide variety of sounds and sometimes mimic noises made by other animals, including other birds.

American Crows are monogamous cooperative breeding birds. Mated pairs form large families of up to 15 individuals from several breeding seasons that remain together for many years. Offspring from a previous nesting season will usually remain with the family to assist in rearing new nestlings. American Crows do not reach breeding age for at least two years.[Most do not leave the nest to breed for four to five years.)

American Crows build bulky stick nests, nearly always in trees but sometimes also in large bushes and, very rarely, on the ground. They will nest in a wide variety of trees, including large conifers, although oaks are most often used. Three to six eggs are laid and incubated for 18 days. The young are fledged usually by about 35 days.

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bravo, deux a la fois c' est une bonne composition, bonnes couleurs et super détails
bravo, merci

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-20 13:06]

Hi Jane,
You've presented these two crows very well, sharp and with good lighting. I like their pose too.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

These are Common Ravens, Corvus corax, not American Crows, Corvus brachyrhynchos. Note the thicker, heavier bills and the ruff of feathers at the throats of both birds and the rounded edges at the tips of the tails; they are most definitely Common Ravens and you have captured their essence in a beautiful light that's very hard to do.

In Colorado, especially Littleton, you are more likely to see Common Ravens being harassed by American Crows, which are smaller birds. You have done very well with this photo - there's a bit of extra sharpening on the breast of the bird at left; if you lowered the light and increased contrast a bit in PhotoShop, you might have gotten away without the sharpening. ;)

Otherwise a very nice shot.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-01-21 11:37]

Hi Jane,
A nice image of the pair.The inclusion of the branch has given good composition and added contrast to the dark birds.I agree with "Feather" that it does seem a touch oversharpened.Take care.
Regards, David

Hello Jane a nice composition here of a difficult bird to photograph due to the black feathers also with it being against the sky makes it even harder to expose correctly good attempt nice work TFS rgds Necip.

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