Common Raven in flight on a winter day

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Common Raven in flight on a winter dayCommon Raven in flight on a winter day – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Ravens aren’t easy to get close to on Antelope Island State Park so I was happy to photograph this Common Raven in flight two days ago. I’ve found ravens far easier to approach at the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon or even Yellowstone National Park than I have anywhere near where I live in northern Utah. This raven happened to be flying near the causeway to the island when I photographed it it in flight with the sky behind it.

White Rock Bay campgrounds covered in snowWhite Rock Bay campgrounds covered in snow – HTC OneM8 cell phone

I like to include images of the locations where I photograph birds and wildlife so I wanted to share this snowy scene from near the White Rock Bay campgrounds on Antelope Island on the same day that I photographed the raven. I was impressed by how the thick blanket of snow covered the sagebrush in the foreground since they are kind of tall. I also liked seeing the jackrabbit tracks in the frame. It has been awhile since I have seen this much snow and I have to admit… I am really enjoying it!

Life is good.

Mia

9 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover December 17, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for the nice profile of the Raven. Yes, easy to confuse with a crow or pretend to, like the coyote bounty that results wolves being shot. And thank you Mia and Patty for your comments on this controversial subject.

  2. Elephant's Child December 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

    ‘We have wildlife in Utah, because we hunt wildlife in Utah’?????
    WTF?
    Selfish stupidity knows no end does it.
    Love the raven. Hissing and spitting like a kettle on the boil at the ignorance of that man – and those who appointed him to the Wildlife Board.

  3. Mia McPherson December 17, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Thank you all for the comments.

    Patty, as I processed that image I cringed thinking about how many ravens will be killed because of the ignorance of the stupid crow hunt.

    That nasty man John Bair who was on the Utah Wildlife Board I mentioned in my post about the crow hunt that said “We have wildlife in Utah because we hunt wildlife in Utah” became the chairman of the Wildlife Board. Thanks to Gubnor Herbert which was another act of pure stupidity.

    The Utah Wildlife Board seems to ONLY care about wildlife if they can shoot it.

  4. Patty Chadwick December 17, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Beautiful image! Can’t help but wonder how many of these magnificent black beauties will be killed as a result of Utah’s dumb ass crow hunting season, desined to get younger hunters turned on to the joy of killing other living things….

  5. Liz Cormack December 17, 2015 at 7:08 am

    This year looks like it’s making up for the lack of snow last year….wow! Beautiful shots.

  6. Bobby Mcpherson December 17, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Beautiful images, Mia. Exposure on those black birds is tuff stuff, but you really nailed it. Beautiful snow scene also.

  7. steven kessel December 17, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Great shot, Mia. You really nailed the exposure. I find it to be extremely difficult to get raven images that aren’t silhouettes.

  8. Jo Ann Donnelly December 17, 2015 at 5:47 am

    A Beauty, Mia!! And an extremely intelligent bird. The results of research on these birds just keeps blowing me away!!

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