Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sleek, chic, and sneaky

Hello, Slick.
American Crow

136 comments:

Kathy said...

Beautiful picture!

Michael said...

yes, we are covered with them here right now as well...

Comment1 said...

Best harbinger of death, ever!

Mariette said...

Dearest Theresa,

What a great photo! You caught them...
Love to you,

Mariette

Eyeliquor said...

Awesome image!

Henrique Colonese said...

Bela foto, Parabéns....

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Madge Bloom said...

Love the crows (ravens) they are the such smart birds (like parrots)... this is a great shot, being all black they are difficult to get a really good shot of, but you did! There is a Professor at the University of Washington who has made the study of crows his life work, John Marzluff. If you google his name you can read about his work...

Judy said...

Only you can make a crow beautiful :)

Gone Country said...

They are sleak & shiny for sure! Noisy too! I've had several coming by for a visit lately but haven't had a chance to photograph any of them.

Karen said...

Aren't they gorgeous?...

Catherine said...

While I don't like the sound crows make, they really are birds that look like they are ready to go to a formal party don't they? ;)
xo Catherine

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Classic.

Sandra said...

Never More! oops wrong bird? great shot, i can see his beady little eyes and all his feathers. it is hard to take a photo of black and this one is great.

troutbirder said...

Great closeup. I kinda like them. My spouse not so much. All that cawing outside our bedroom window at 5 a.m.

dr momi said...

Haha Slick is a good name. Love the seed in his mouth.

rkbsnana said...

Yep! Gosh, you're good girl.

DJan said...

Did you know they live for as long as 40 years? No wonder they are so smart; they are around for awhile, picking up the tricks of the bird trade. :-)

Dianne said...

he's rock n' roll!
beautiful shot

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

The crows don't come around my house very often, my problem is the Brown-headed Cowbirds. Perfect name "Slick", I like that! :)

Nancy Claeys said...

I'm seeing a few here -- but they never get close enough for me to snap a photo. Great captures. :)

Sharon said...

They are slick - sly, quick.

We usually have quite a few about now, but not hearing them.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Got to just love those Crows, for they could entertain me all day long, if I was willing to sit that long;) Great image showing their beauty Theresa~

Montanagirl said...

Great shot! They are such an intelligent bird.

Jan n Jer said...

Great shot...they are so scary looking to me! Demonic!!!

Nancy said...

I don't think I ever realized how shinny they are....Thanks for the photograph....

Breathtaking said...

Excellent capture!!

parker said...

I see that Old Slick found himself a piece of corn. He knows where all the easy pickings are located!

Michaele said...

Not sneaky enough for you though : )

Millie said...

Very sleek and shiny. Pretty picture.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Wow! They are glossy!

joo said...

They seem to slimmer than ours. Beautiful birds!

Melodie said...

I love crows! We have a bunch hear and they chase away the chicken hawks and sneak in the goat pen and finish up any left over feed!

polkadotpeticoat said...

I posted some eagles for you....and my mr. moose was standing at the front door last week but no one let him in for coffee....

Susan said...

They are smart and sleek. I love them and I love this photo!

bailey-road.com said...

Look at that eye! You've really captured a lot of detail here. I love the crows, but they don't come too close. I've been watching gangs of crows mobbing the hawks every day.

Jill said...

Sleek, slick and STUNNING!

Farm Girl said...

If I could draw and paint, which I can't, I would ask permission to draw this picture. It is wonderful. I love how you caught the shimmer on the wings and how they look against the green of the grass. I really do love this photo, it is really,really, good. I love crows.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Very nice up close and personal capture. We have them all over our neighborhoods here. Yesterday I saw one fighting for a morsel on the street with a black bird. The black bird won :)

Furry Bottoms said...

We have a LOT Of those around here recently. Matter of fact, I opened the garage door this morning to a couple of brows cawing at me for startling them. Well excusssssse me!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, You have some fabulous pictures here of the Crows. I have a hard time getting details to show due to the all black coloring these fun, smart, and yes, sneaky big beauties have! Have a fine day today!

HansHB said...

Great shots!
I wish you a happy WBW evening!

Honest Abe said...

I love crows. We have a family of them around here and they love my peanuts. Nice photos. √

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heyBJK said...

:-) Great shot!

Janie said...

Pretty sleek with down on the grass sneeky photo of your crows. What beauties.

They are most observant of who is around from my experiences. Unless you bait them by hand which would not surprise me with all your critter experiences.
Wonderful photograph…

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Good job on this photo. It is quite difficult to capture the detail in their feathers. The all black shiny surface causes fits with camera exposure meters. Well done smarty pants.

KAT said...

are you waxing your crows down there in Texas ?
-KAT-

Karen said...

Crows have a bad reputation, but I think they are a handsome bird...and your gorgeous shot proves it!

EG CameraGirl said...

Hehehe... and everywhere! In winter I can always count on seeing crows even if I see no other birds. :))

Sylvia K said...

Yep, lookin' good, Slick!!

barbara l. hale said...

A more intelligent bird you'll never find. I love them. They know me well enough to skedaddle as soon as they see my camera. Love this pic!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Great photo, T!

Candy C. said...

GREAT picture! I can never seem to get close enough to get a really good shot, they see the camera and fly away.

Faye said...

Exactly-slick! It's hard not to like crows even with their bad manners. And I would just kill-not literally--for hair that slick, shiny and black. Like say, 30 years ago. :-)

Fjällripan said...

Sooo beautiful, both picture and the crow!!

Inger said...

Smart and slick they are. We don't have them here, only ravens abound.

Carletta said...

That's a fine murder of crows!
Add noisy to the lot as well.
A great up close shot!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Slick and smart. Great shot, I always thought the reflectiveness of their feathers was really cool and you captured it really well.

Pricilla said...

I love them. I know a lot of people don't but I do. And their big cousin the raven

Modesto Viegas said...

Good capture!!!
Regards,

Robin said...

T, great shot! Love the sheen on the feathers!

It's me said...

Wowwwwwww so beautiful !!!...love Ria...xxx...

Gary said...

Just love crows as you know!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Evelyn S. said...

I think "cheeky" would be another appropriate adjective! ;-)

Lynne said...

I love their super, shiny black but I don't love them swooping down toward Snickers when she is outdoors. . . . she must look like a small squirrel or . . .?

Marie said...

Gorgeous photo! Yes, they look so beautifully sleek! I had one attack a baby rabbit in my yard once, and it's hard to set that aside. :-) But it's one of God's creatures and we have to appreciate the intricacies of the way nature works in such perfect harmony. They are pretty if you take the time to really LOOK!

Bob Bushell said...

Superb shot Theresa.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Nice shiny black crows. Only humans can be more cunning than crows

Charade said...

You know, they were watching you watching them. Crows always have a sentinel on duty, and it's apparent you are trusted in their environment, as very few are allowed to make that close-up shot.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Those Crows are so pretty... We have lots of them around here--and they are NOISY... Love 'em!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Giga said...

Podstępny jest, ale to jego sposób na życie. Ślicznie na zdjęciu wyglądają. Pozdrawiam.*** Is insidious, but it was his way of life. They look cute in the picture. Yours.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Great picture- they are sleek!

Andrew said...

A lovely image.. they are beautiful birds to see up close.

NewMexiKen said...

Those crows appear to be carved out of ebony!

JM said...

Lovely! What a great capture.

Blogger seems to be crazy, it's one of those 'Service Unavailable' days... Sorry if this comment is a repetition.

islandwonder said...

So shiny!!!

Eva Ason said...

Lovely picture of those crows!
And yes, they are very sneaky [they look it too]
Have a great day!

Eva

Connie Smiley said...

Great shot! They are amazing birds, aren't they? They are usually much too wary for me to get a decent picture.

mick said...

Great photo showing their beautiful glossy feathers.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Great shoot of the crow! I saw one sitting on a fence while our walk after skiing. I said to my man stop!! He walkes along and didn´t listen....of course the crow flew away...what!! did he say.....very very to late....

Larry Ostby said...

I really do like Crows. Great photo.

Angela said...

I've been seeing some of those big birds in our yard lately too but not in a group like that. They are scattered here. It is currently 102 degrees on my front porch in West Virginia right now! lol I HAD to turn on the ac!

eileeninmd said...

They are sneaky but their feathers are so shiny and pretty. Great shots!

Pam said...

Very sneaky but beautiful all the same.. especially when sunlight glistens on their feathers.
Nice shot T.
Cheers :)

Andrea said...

I love my crows as well ... beautiful and smart. My little group help keep things in balance ... we have three different kinds of hawks that hunt my feeders. They are successful on occassion, but the crows keep them at bay most of the time.I feed them suet pellets for their efforts and they are always waiting for me to put them out in the morning. Your pictures are especially good. Thank you ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Ellie said...

We have a lot of crows here. They are not the prettiest of birds though.

Rita said...

Oh, I love crows!! They are so smart!
Great shot. :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The Bad Birds of the yard???:@)

Rizalenio said...

I like the title. I suddenly saw them that way - chic! Haha. Black on green are nice color combo too. :)

Icy BC said...

That is one great shot of this crow. They looked like black bird around here!

CameraCruise said...

Great shot!

Debbie said...

WoW....that's a great shot!! one was all you needed!!

Michelle said...

I love crows...why is that?! I even left some fake ones in my house after Halloween.

Fireblossom said...

LOL. Crows are my totem animal.

Rose said...

My boss always told about a boy he grew up with that had a pet crow...the boy would be riding on his bicycle and the crow would come flying over his shoulder and land on the handlebars and ride...

SweetMarie said...

this is a great pic! they are so shiny! I just saw a crow yesterday in a parking chasing a dove. It was quite strange!

Country Mouse Studio said...

Great shot they're so alert it's hard to capture them.

Gillian Olson said...

Great capture, very smart birds too.

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

I know they have a bad reputation and not everyBODY likes them but they are beautiful birds.

Tammy said...

Outstanding photo Tex! Very well done! I am particularly fond of crows; they are so smart!

Squirrelhaus said...

I love these birds...great photo!!
Hugs,
Chris :o)

Elaine said...

Fantastic shots! All black birds are very difficult to photograph and get any definition, and you managed it wonderfully.

bj said...

Holy Cow, woman...over a hundred comments...AMAZING.
This is, indeed, a beautiful photo.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Even the crows on your ranch are sleek and happy! (And why not?)

Springman said...

Isn't it amazing how every once in a while these hopelessly black birds let themselves be photographed and show their feather detail. Perfect!

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shot!

Reena Walkling said...

Only get a few crows now and then. Noisy guys!

wayside wanderer said...

What a determined look he has. Great shot, T!

Randy said...

Great close up.

Hilary said...

I love crows. Great photo. :)

Katie @Pinke Post said...

Those slick birds can stay down with you and not bother me on the prairie. :)

magda said...

Plumage very shiny! Excellent bird!
Your photo is beautiful!
Best regards

ShySongbird said...

Lovely, glossy plumage. Crows are such intelligent creatures, you can see it in their faces!

ShySongbird said...

Whoops! I forgot to say there was another beautiful, black and glossy creature on Sunday's post...absolutely gorgeous :-)

SquirrelQueen said...

You described them perfectly. Great shot!

Bruce Clark said...

Always love the jet black and heavy bill of these birds.

BlueShell said...

Good Morning Theresa...here I am...
Amazing photo...they are all together and so dark and shiny...
Marvelous.
Hugs..
BS

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great capture. Shows what a lie it is to say these birds are just black.

Cheers - SM

Daffycat said...

And brash & bossy. Beautiful birds!

Linda said...

Fabulous shot! They are such smart birds...we recently visited a Wildlife Rehab Center where we were told that they are so smart they have been known to drop nuts on the road for cars to run over and crack for them! You have a beautiful photo here!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Your photo shows them in a true light beautiful.

peter

Liz said...

Similar to our Aussie crow but without the blue eyes!!

Nancy said...

Great title for this photo! Slick, indeed. Nicely done.

Deb said...

they are pretty aren't they...loud and messy...but pretty....

Deb said...

they are pretty aren't they...loud and messy...but pretty....

bon bon said...

ooow, he is sleek! fascinating to watch too. :o)

Steve Gravano said...

Awesome photo! I find crows so amazing. (I'm not even sure if my blog has word verification.)
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Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good photo.

Regards and best wishes

Christian said...

Crows are great. They can count to 7 you know...or is it 8?

Kathie Brown said...

Nice lighting on those black birds. Difficult to get all the subtleties but you did it!

Wolfsrosebud said...

never heard those adjectives for crows...

Karrie said...

Simply amazing!! Luscious colors!

Michelle Renee said...

Wonderful close up!

Chatty Crone said...

Funny those birds scare me.

pattisjarrett said...

And hungry!

Misty Dawn said...

Just wanted to let you know that I just found your blog and think it's outstanding! Not only is your blog outstanding, but so is your talent!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

nice picture!!
those crows are slick...and bossy!

(i spotted a dead one...hanging in a tree in the side yard. like it just fell out of the sky and landed draped across a tree branch. pretty weird. hopefully not a bad omen. i took a picture of course!)

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