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The American Crow


The American Crow
: Jim Costello (bullybeef53) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 33 W: 5 N: 197] (943)
: Animals
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: 2008-07-20
: Birds
: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Canon 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200
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: A - Z Birds, Newfoundland Wildlife [view contributor(s)]
: 2009-01-24 13:14
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The American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) is the name of this photo captured while he was sitting on the fence. Using a Canon 100-400 L IS lens; this bird was captured at 400 MM.
Widespread, common, and obvious, the American Crow is known by most people. What is less well known is how complex its life is. Young crows remain with their parents until they can find a home of their own, and individual relationships may last years.
The American Crow appears to be the biggest victim of West Nile virus, a disease recently introduced to North America. Crows die within one week of infection, and few seem able to survive exposure. No other North American bird is dying at the same rate from the disease, and the loss of crows in some areas has been severe.
Sexes are alike in plumage, but male averages slightly larger.

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Hi Jim,
This is an excellent capture of this bird and it isnt an easy shot to achieve because of this black color. You did great with exposure as we can see every detail. Catch light in his eye is wonderful and so is composition and exposure. Cheers!
Claudine

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-24 15:05]

Hello Jim !
This is a great close-up on this beautiful bird, he looks impressive ! You managed to bring out excellent details on the dark plumage, and I also like the natural colors, the composition, the pose of the bird, the POV and the blurred BG. Very well done !
Valerie.

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