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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Oh, wow, look, I wonder what those are...

Dick and I first saw these bi-colored crows in St. Petersburg, Russia, while traveling on buses to various points of interest and guided tours in that beautiful city. Photos from a moving bus were of even less help than the first photo below, taken from a moving ship during our August holiday with Viking River Cruises. We could see the crows, but they weren't very clear. We knew they were crows, however, so I looked them up on my little laptop computer, thanks to the availability of wi-fi almost everywhere on the ship. They were called Hooded Crows. So we knew what they were. Now for the challenge of getting a decent photo. This first one, taken from the Viking Surkov, wasn't very successful.

This photo will not withstand enlarging.

After our tours of the beautiful old wooden buildings, the 20-domed wooden cathedral, the church, and the farm buildings of the historic town of Kizhi, I was able to get fairly close to a group of hooded crows as I made my way back to the ship. Several photos later, I managed to get these two to stand still long enough for a photo with Dick's Sony camera. Hooded crows are said to be grey and black, but these ones look more like beige and black to me.


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Camera Critters!
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18 comments:

beelee said...

nice shot!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Good captures of these crows.

Carletta said...

So glad you finally got a closeup.
These two remind me of two old guys on a corner having a conversation. :)
When I read 'hooded' I assumed the head color would be different.
On my computer they do look beige. I think it looks like they are wearing vests. :)
Nice shots!

Rhea said...

Interesting crows! Sounds like a nice cruise!

Dimple said...

I agree, they do look beige...but so does the concrete in the background, so maybe it was a beige day!

Cheryl said...

These two do like a couple of old guys on the corner kvetching.

The light can play tricks on our eyes and especially in photos. I often look at pictures I've taken and the colors are completely off.

Carolina Mts said...

Crows are not always all black - these are very beautiful!

Misty Dawn said...

Those are really interesting crows! Very cool!
I'm a Sony user too... which Sony does he have?

Paulette said...

Could these hooded crows be spies, or blue jays in disguise?

chubskulit said...

I wonder what they are talking about.

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Misty — I didn't think anyone would ask. It seems to be a DSC H50. I used it instead of my little camera because it has a 15X zoom, and those crows weren't letting me get anywhere near them.
— K

TexWisGirl said...

wow! they're really unique birds!

Francisca said...

Ah, so they are far north as Russia! I first saw hooded crows in Bucharest. That's a nice colour contrast, Kay, the birds and the blue railing. :-)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Good captures! We have hooded crows in Scotland too! (Though only in the north and west, I was surprised when I first found out how common they are in continental Europe

Phil said...

Interesting Kay, those Hooded Crows do look beige and white as you say. Maybe as a species they vary according to geographic location but when i have seen them they are definitely grey and white. Some Egyptian and Cyprus ones on my blog both look grey and white.

cieldequimper said...

I don't think I'd ever seen any!

Powell River Books said...

I'm so used to our fat black crows. Are times tough in Russia, or just a characteristic of their kind? - Margy

eileeninmd said...

Very cool sighting to see these crows. They are different and more interesting looking than the ones I see here.