Sonja

Sonja

Posted on 07/01/2014


Photo taken on March 19, 2014



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Fuerteventura
Montana Cardon
Kolkrabe
Corvus corax
Great Raven


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Great Raven / Kolkrabe

Great Raven / Kolkrabe
Posing above the parking lot. Will pose expertly for good words or handouts / Onerhalb des Parkplatzes ausgestellt. Der posiert da gerne fuer etwas Ansprache oder Futtergaben

Ron Hanko, Bob Ottey, Claudine Gaulier-Denis have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Bob Ottey
Bob Ottey
Excellent Capture Sonja Beautiful Study Very Definite Fav Kindest Regards Bob..
3 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Superb shot, Sonja. What a magnificent bird.
3 years ago.
Twintoo
Twintoo
So full of character - great capture
3 years ago.
Levina de Ruijter
Levina de Ruijter
I often talk to the birds I photograph. I honestly think they listen. Not to the words, but to the sound of one's voice. :) This is a great catch, Sonja.

I've been away for a bit so I have some catching up to do...
3 years ago.
Sonja has replied to Levina de Ruijter
I was gone too -- next vacation and not all shots from the last processed yet.....

I suppose from my experiance that different species react very differently to talk they can hear rather than wishes for relaxed attitude and better poses under the breath.
The lip smacking some birder believe in to attract some warbler and paridae (it was called pshing long before the term started to be used for e-mail scams) seems to amuse a lot of other birder as just a superstition, but it really seems it helps. Not if I try it, unfortunately, but I have once met a man, who made them hop down into free sight to hear him better, although it sounded not very attractive to me what he did, more like some oldster trying to eat his hot cereal without the third teeth in.... the dude really got them to sit on the boardwak handrail to close for a zoom lens, it was all true for him! Guess my own sound is not fully correct.
Corvids are very curious, and I noticed they show lots of interests into hard accents they could copy, languages with lots of guttural consonant jumbles. So to halftame ravens I use to make some czech baby talk including their word for raven, no matter my czech is dismal otherwise. Works really very well if not much more interesting things go on, like a competative human offering treats :)
3 years ago.
Levina de Ruijter has replied to Sonja
Well, I think that sometimes a soothing voice helps relax a bird. However, birds have a good memory for people and more than anything I think that is responsible for close contact between people and birds. You build a relationship with them and you win their trust and they will come to your hand and eat. But very clearly one species is not the same as the other in this respect. I mean, it's easier to befriend a crow than a warbler.
3 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Beautiful shot of a magnificent bird and interesting information.
3 years ago.