Friday, April 13, 2012

FLYday - Crow With Nest Material

American Crow, Corvis brachyrhynchos in flight with nesting material. Everybody is mating and building nests now!
April, Phippsburg, Maine

FLYday is an homage to what our feathered friends do best, fly.


  1. Great picture!
    Lunchlady 2

  2. How do you get these fantastic pictures? Are you just sitting quieting outside waiting for a bird to fly by? Do you just shoot continuously hoping to capture something spectacular like the one above? I'm truly amazed!

    I Love Life
    April 13, 2012 04:20 PM

  3. Oh I love this photo!

    M. C. S.
    April 13, 2012 10:01 PM

    They say the crow is the smartest

  4. Algis Kemezys (OS)April 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    They say the crow is the smartest bird of all. Great one Ron.
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    Algis Kemezys
    April 14, 2012 03:05 AM

  5. Lunchlady 2 and I Love Life, thank you both the the rates and comments and compliments. ILL, the answer is that I spend a lot of time doing it. But, I also live right on the ocean, which gives me an advantage. My deck overhangs a ledge. If I'm on the deck, I'm at eye level with birds that are cruising the shore line. This crow was flying right by in my face, practically. Now, I have worked really hard to get good crow shots for a long time, that I'll say. They are very wary and cagey and not easy to photograph, though they are ubiguitous. And, to get one flying with nesting material is very lucky. I put a lot of time into being fast with the camera and having the right exposure settings for subjects like this. Oh, and I take a ton of images that go into the trash, too!

  6. Chicken Mãâàn (OS)April 14, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! (this is the first three-amazing salute I have ever given, anywhere)

    Chicken Mãâàn

  7. Chicken Mãâàn (OS)April 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Robin, I was especially pleased to see it wasn't a hawk.

    Chicken Mãâàn
    April 14, 2012 09:46 AM

  8. sarah brennan (OS)April 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Woooowwwwww... I am in awe of photographers who get good shots of birds. I once was sitting on top of a ridge and a raven flew by at eye level and I swear by all that is holy, it chuckled at me and then flipped over and flew upside down for a second or two, and then flipped back over. This was long before I got into photography. Can you imagine getting a shot of that? Gaaaaahhhh!

    sarah brennan
    April 14, 2012 10:02 AM

  9. hyblaean- Julie (OS)April 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    very, very cool
    what a shot

    hyblaean- Julie

  10. Sarah, I absolutely believe you as I've seen crows, ravens, eagles and osprey do that same aerial manuever. Now, as for the chuckling......yes, that too from crows and ravens. And one day, maybe I'll be lucky enough to get that shot, too! Wish me luck! Thanks for the view and rate and comment, oh - and high regard!

  11. Thanks. This has been such a compressed Spring here. The jingle should have been "March showers bring April flowers." The azaleas and dogwoods are on their way out. R

    Rodney Roe
    April 14, 2012 06:21 PM

  12. Scarlett Sumac (OS)April 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Cool! That crow is on a mission ...

    Scarlett Sumac
    April 14, 2012 06:33 PM

  13. hyblaean-J, Rodney and Sumac, thanks to all of you for the views, rates and comments. I'm really pleased that this image has been so well recieved! I thought it was great,but then I thought, "Ah, who will care about a crow?" Besides me. But, as it turns out, loads of you do and that's a wonderful thing! Rodney, we have not had one lick of rain here. It's like Texas. Normally, in April when I garden, I have to chisel the mud from my work shoes. Not now. In fact, I had to water my gardens today. Very very odd. The birds are in the bird bath which is unusual at this time of year. And, I've had to fill it, too.

  14. Now see, I learned something here.. when I hear crow I always think black and on a fence.. ;).

    Exceptional shot!

    Rated for spring and new-born-ing life.

    April 15, 2012 12:47 PM

  15. Anne Camille Jongleux (OS)April 15, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Lovely shot. Thanks for sharing.

    Anne Camille Jongleux
    April 15, 2012 03:47 PM

  16. Gosh he certainly has a mouthful here Robin, he looks so determined to get back ti the abode and start adding to the build! Wonderful catch.