Monday, 10 November 2014

American Crow (Corneille d'Amérique)

10 November 2014

     American Crow Corvus brachyrynchos is a very common species (in fact they roost by the thousands in Waterloo at night), but it has been a bit of a nemesis for me in terms of photography, and today was no exception. The birds are very wary of humans, resulting from a long inheritance of persecution I suspect, and the fact that they are superficially a monochrome of dark black, makes for difficult photography.
     This bird was bathing in a puddle in a depression on the ground when I first saw it, so I eased the car alongside, at a distance of about fifteen metres, and stayed there, unobtrusive, and becoming part of the scenery I hoped.

     After it dried off and preened its feathers extensively, it flew up into a nearby tree.

     At the Laurel Creek Reservoir, the ducks were all quite distant, but I managed to spot this female Wood Duck Aix Sponsa resting and preening 
with a group of Mallards Anas platyrynchos. 

     A couple of American Coots Fulica americana were more cooperative and swam a little closer to the culvert on which I was standing.

     The concentrations of waterfowl should build up considerably over the next few weeks and I will be keeping a close eye on the comings and goings. There were several other species on the water today, but way off in the distance and quite out of photographic range.


  1. I think another issue with Corvids is that they are smart birds and therefore more wary probably. I agree that they are a challenge to photograph, as are the Coots with their wet white bills and dark plumage!


  2. Crows are quite a number of birds in my country:-)

  3. Hi David,
    We have also crows here, but not as much as chewing.
    Beautiful photos.

  4. The American coots like the Dutch coots with a difference. The American side are high on the beak a red piece and the Dutch coots not:-)