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Common Ravens

Posted on May 10, 2016

Common Ravens (Corvus corax) are known to be incredible fliers, soaring high in the sky and almost floating among the clouds, drifting and banking and turning and flipping with an endless array of aerial acrobatics. If you spend enough time hawk watching you will undoubtedly see them looking like a sizable raptor until fanning out that tail, showing off that bill and letting you hone in on that all black body. I watched these two Common Ravens interacting from afar as they dropped in altitude over a few minutes, croaking out their calls and interacting in every aerial maneuver one could imagine.

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Those photos were snapped off in a burst and show only a second of the action as they turned around one another nearing the ground behind this oak tree. They stopped this dance and then flew off to the north very close to one another having had their fun.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator