Solemn harbingers of death, ladies and gentlemen.
Custom Tattoo by Jackie Rabbit
Crow solves an 8 step process.
Crows are amazing, I’ve been photographing them here in Seattle for a couple of years. They have distinct personalities and remember our faces. They actually started flying in and waiting for me when I would get home in hopes of a free unsalted peanut. I think of them as friends.
I had no idea they could do THIS.
An 8 step problem solving process. They’ve trained on each separate task, though not all together. This was the first time.
(Crows will survive the zombies and restart society, no doubt.)
I’ve been trying to get the crows in my neighborhood to be my friend, but they won’t get off the wall.
The raven is sometimes known as “the wolf-bird.” Ravens, like many other animals, scavenge at wolf kills, but there’s more to it than that.
Both wolves and ravens have the ability to form social attachments and they seem to have evolved over many years to form these attachments with each other, to both species’ benefit.
There are a couple of theories as to why wolves and ravens end up at the same carcasses. One is that because ravens can fly, they are better at finding carcasses than wolves are. But they can’t get to the food once they get there, because they can’t open up the carcass. So they’ll make a lot of noise, and then wolves will come and use their sharp teeth and strong jaws to make the food accessible not just to themselves, but also to the ravens.
Ravens have also been observed circling a sick elk or moose and calling out, possibly alerting wolves to an easy kill. The other theory is that ravens respond to the howls of wolves preparing to hunt (and, for that matter, to human hunters shooting guns). They find out where the wolves are going and following. Both theories may be correct.
Wolves and ravens also play. A raven will sneak up behind a wolf and yank its tail and the wolf will play back. Ravens sometimes respond to wolf howls with calls of their own, resulting in a concert of howls and calls.
Sources: Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich, The American Crow and the Common Raven, Lawrence Kilham
A conversation between a Raven and a Snowy Owl.
It looks like the raven really wants the owl to leave and is trying to intimidate it, but the owl doesn’t care because it knows the raven is all bark and no bite. Or all squawk and no peck. Erm…
Actually, it looks more like the raven is curious about the funny bird and wants to sit next to it, and the owl doesn’t wanna be friends :[ The raven’s body language isn’t aggressive at all — it’s backing down appropriately when the owl displays aggression. Notice the way it’s careful to draw back every time it gets too close to the owl. This is an animal that’s trying to establish it isn’t a threat.
Keep in mind there’s a huge intellect disparity here — ravens exhibit novel tool use and complex communication, whereas owls aren’t even as smart as ducks. We’re sort of trained to view crows and ravens as villainous, but really they’re very playful animals.
"HI YOU’RE PRETTY WANNA BE FRIENDS??"
Know your corvids.
~* Ravens * Crows * Blackbirds *~
Son geniales, cuando están tranquilos xD
i appreciate how immersive the gameplay is in x/y
Just when I said I wanted to draw more whimsical fantasy, this came out instead.
Modern day reinterpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.
Cool fog picture from Vancouver, like being in an Edgar Allen Poe novel/poem
On my way into the coffee shop, I noticed a raven digging a baggie from Panda Express out of a garbage can. A few minutes later, he flew around the side of the building and landed nearby with a fortune cookie in his beak. He cracked it open, discarded the inedible paper scrap inside, gobbled up the tasty cookie. I waited until he flew away to retrieve and read the fortune he’d left behind. It’s a good one, too! (at Panda Express)