Common Raven (Corvus corax) photos and video by Larry Jordan
Last Weekend was our yearly bird outing to Lassen Volcanic National Park where we heard many a call from the Common Raven (Corvus corax). Their calls echoed through the morning forest as I went searching for nesting birds to photograph.
While attempting to photograph the already fledged Brown Creepers, the Ravens were causing such a ruckus at daybreak that I had to investigate what was going on. There were at least four Ravens calling and flying around the area, some spending a considerable amount of time near the top of different snags. As I got a closer look at two of them, they appeared to be juveniles. I say this because of the obvious yellowish color at the base of their bills (see photo above).
Since there was nothing going on at the Brown Creeper’s empty nest, I turned my attention to the Ravens and shot this amusing video of the two juveniles on a branch of the nearby snag.
Later that morning, on the opposite side of Manzanita Lake, I found another Common Raven calling from atop another snag. This was a mature bird as you can see by its color, sheen and elongated throat feathers.
You get the full effect of one of these large passerines from the video.
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