Thursday, October 14, 2010

Raucous Rooks

Rooks are a bird that in my opinion do not receive the attention they deserve. This is often the case for common birds but I think even more the case for crow species which have got a bad press 'thanks' to various horror films. When you spend some time with them you start to notice the subtle purple and blue metallic sheen to their plumage,the interesting vocal interactions and the hierarchy of dominance between these social birds.

From a photographic point of view they present an interesting challenge as they are generally quite shy and it takes some good camera exposure control to try and capture the detail and colour within the blacks.

They are really at their best when in flight due to the interesting shapes they form as they twist and turn through the air, especially with those finger like feathers on the wing tips.

I have undertaken these short rook sessions as a lunch hour project, and occasionally after work, in the car park next to my office. The car park is fortunately surrounded by grazing fields and so there are good numbers of both rooks and jackdaws present. I can think of a better way to break up a working day than a 30 minute session with the camera.


I decided to convert some images to black and white which tends to give them a darker atmosphere given that Halloween is approaching. However, this is just for fun and I do not wish to perpetuate the myth that crow species are sinister. They are, for those who take the time to watch, fascinating and wonderful birds.


13 comments:

Scott Bulger Photography said...

Birds are beautiful creatures, and your photographs do them justice.

Robin said...

Wonderful images. I agree with you about them not being given the attention they deserve. They are very intelligent birds.
Our world would be far different if we didn't have them.

holdingmoments said...

Excellent series Richard.
They really are lovely birds to watch and photograph.

Doina Russu said...

Perfect!
All my admiration:)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

OH MY...One of the BEST series of images I have viewed, just awesome series. If I had to choose a favorite, I would for the first time ever, not be able to choose. for each of these is so precise, so clever, and lively, what more to say would be brilliantantly done~

Kerri said...

These are amazing!

Peregrine's Bird Blog said...

Your Last image looks as though it has come straight from the film Birds. Another excellent selection of images

The Early Birder said...

Brilliant series Richard.

Chris said...

Wow the three last shots are terrific Richard! Or how to throw light on a common species! Wonderful!

THE OLD GEEZER said...

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God Bless You

~Ron

離婚 said...

Very interesting, thank you for sharing!

Lisa said...

Stunning Series of photos. I too have a 7D and love it. Im a Canon Girl.

Robert said...

Wonderful images Richard, great mix of technical and artistic, love the crows. Cheers and all the best from Australia, Robert www.robertashdown.com/blog

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