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27 October, 2008 at 5:39 pm (work) (, , , , , , )

I can see why some people specialize in painting, studying, rescuing, or just watching crows, besides their boldness and intelligence that playful trickster nature is hard to resist.  This is one of the study photos I took for a series of works on paper – I wish I had video of the aerial acrobatics that were going on.  The crows were showing off and showing up each other with somersaults and tumbling falls.  Absolutely amazing.

Although West Nile virus has been especially bad for crows these last few years they keep adapting to exploit more of our technology (I first saw this in Joshua Klein’s TEDtalk which also shows a crow making a hook):

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