Saturday, September 13, 2008

Flying Jackdaws

On leaving Bushy Park I noticed there were a large number of Jackdaws hanging around the car park. These birds along with Jays are one of my favourite members of the crow family and I always stop to take some photographs of them when the opportunity arises. Generally black crow like birds are not very popular and tend to be associated with the sinister, thanks to a certain film by Mr Hitchcock and their carrion feeding habits, but their beauty in certain light and apparent 'intelligence' has to be admired.
I started off taking a couple of potrait photos.

However, it quickly dawned on me that given that the late afternoon light and wind were in the same direction that there was some opportunity for some flight photographs.
This photograph was my favourite of the set with the bird forming a great shape as it was coming in to land.


kjpweb said...

Perfect set! Perfect focus.Perfect Exposure. That should cover it! ;)
Cheers, Klaus

Anonymous said...

WOW what a catch. Perfect.

Rich Steel said...

Many thanks Klaus and Tommy. People often ingore the comoon but as I always say if in a good pose and light.. :)



Leeds daily photo said...

I too have a soft spot for jackdaws. I lived as a boy in a big old rambling building and there were always a few around. I guess I like to hear their call, chak reminds me of that forever past childhood.
Really nice pics, every one of them.


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