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Birds - Crow Page 1

Image Taken on 24 Dec 2018 at 12:56    Image of day on 31 Jan 2019

Normally contrails gradually disburse or just fade away, but this one broke in the manner you see. A web search found an article at
which provides an explanation and quite similar picture. On programs about light aircraft it is often described how airliners leave a wake of turbulence even minutes after they have gone, and that is what the ice of the contrail illustrates here.
An interesting aside is that the sky in the insert looks much darker than the point it was copied from. But a check with the paint package shows that it isn't. The human visual system discards absolute brightness for separated objects as part of simplifying the data on the optic nerve. (Info from neuroscientist Colin Blackmore on Documentary DVD 'Tim's Vermeer (2013) @ 0:39 for region 2)

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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2009 at 15:48    Image of day on 02 Jul 2009

20 minutes later a buzzard and a crow had a little skirmish to the East. Follow the pairs of birds from the top left.

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Image Taken on 06 Dec 2008 at 12:27    Image of day on 22 Dec 2008

This montage shows a buzzard being chased away from our patch by a one of a pair of carrion crows that have bred here for the last 2 years. Images are left to right over a second or two. Shortly afterwards (out of photographic range) the buzzard turned the tables and the crow took refuge in a distant tree.

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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2007 at 05:47    Image of day on 14 Jul 2007

Another newly 'permanent' resident is the carrion crows. The tree they nested in this year is a transplanted Cupressus Leylandii which is toppling and will have to be felled this autumn.

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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2007 at 07:20    Image of day on 05 Jul 2007

A lot of people don't like crows, but they are not (yet?) a problem here. You have to admire their cheek.

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Image Taken on 26 Apr 2006 at 06:50    Image of day on 03 May 2006

The Carrion crows are nesting again this year but they have chosen a site we can't photograph although it is close to this camera. They routinely carry off large pieces of food, and this one is probably disappointed there is just corn. That eye looking straight at the camera makes us feel almost guilty.

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Image Taken on 10 Feb 2017 at 13:37    Image of day on 22 Mar 2017

An opportunity to show you the sizes of Corvids we normally see, plus a male Blackbird for scale.

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Image of day on 14 Dec 2005

Carrion crows still around and sometimes looking over last years nesting tree, so have hopes for the next season.

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Image of day on 11 Nov 2005

A carrion crow in fine condition - we suspect it is one of the youngsters from this year's brood.

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Image Taken on 02 Mar 2006 at 16:50    Image of day on 14 Mar 2006

Some surplus red plums frozen last year disappear quickly. This carrion crow is about to fly off with one.

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Image of day on 03 May 2005

At least 2 Carrion crow eggs have hatched and the chicks are being fed by both parents. Here the parents beak is inside one of the chick's 'gape'. The orange patch on the right is a bit of agricultural twine they found somewhere - no countryside location is complete without it. The nest is 50m from the house (our excuse for the poor image quality!).

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Image of day on 02 Apr 2005

For the first time carrion crows are nesting on the site. Here one is bringing in a twig.

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Image of day on 02 Jun 2005

The carrion crow nest is looking the worse for wear which isn't surprising given the pounding it has got from exercising chicks.

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Image of day on 19 May 2005

The carrion crow chicks are now so big and vigorous that you can see them from the ground much closer than from the house. Strangely they respond to a single clap of hands and start begging. This is one of the 2 we have recently seen in the nest.

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Image of day on 25 May 2005

One of the carrion crow chicks chased after a parent bird as it left the nest. Both chicks are intermittently standing on the edge of the nest and excising their wings (22 May 2005).

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Image of day on 15 May 2005

There are still 3 carrion Crow chicks. This image nicely shows the development of the wing feathers on one of the chicks.

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Image of day on 27 May 2005

Getting more and more bold, here one of the Carrion Crow chicks is now exercising it's wings on the branch the nest is built on.

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Image of day on 24 May 2005

The two carrion crow chicks are growing fast (17 May 2005)

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Image of day on 03 Apr 2005

3 days after the twig being brought to the nest (see 2 April 2005) the automatic camera photographed a Carrion crow (presumably the same pair) collecting Reed mace to line the nest.

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Image Taken on 21 Jun 2015 at 17:45    Image of day on 19 Aug 2015

Look over a hedge we saw this little domestic scene of a young Carrion Crow begging for supper, and getting a delivery of what looks like something we had just left for the wildlife at one of the camera sites.

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