An afternoon with Ravens

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Jan 22 2015

I was looking forward to a nice siesta after a good lunch. With the sun glaring down at 14500+ feet (the setting, incidentally, was Pangong Tso in Ladakh), that seemed to be a wise choice too. As I opened my tent flap, something flew into the campsite accompanied by loud, deep and gruff cawing. I’d been spooked by that call once before a few years ago and I knew I had to bring my camera out.

Northern Raven (Corvus corax tibetanus) - A portrait

Northern Raven (Corvus corax tibetanus) – A portrait

The Northern Raven is the largest species of crow in the world. The bird is huge in size compared to the House Crow. It is, in fact, as large as the Black Kite that is so common within many Indian cities. With its beautiful glossy plumage and neck hackles, it is also a very handsome bird!

Yes, I just said it. A handsome crow! Only a birder can say something like that – or so I’ve been told by many many people

  1. Deepa Mohan 

    Lovely images as usual, and many facts that I didn’t know about Ravens. Are they always found at high altitudes? I was told that some ravens have learnt to soar like raptors.

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