When I was in Illinois there were these gorgeous red-winged black birds. Their black feathers were so dark shiny. The red was often a brilliant orange, and sometimes there was a vibrant yellow too. I loved those birds but oh, did they mock me. They would be there, all lined up on fence posts — their beauty shining in the sun. They would let me stop the truck, get out with my camera and get the shot all set up. And then just as I was about to push the shutter button – away they’d fly. It was so frustrating. Day after day I attempted to get a shot of these creatures, and day after day I failed.
Here in the desert we have ravens. They are gorgeous too. Big birds with black beaks and feet. They scream “hawk, hawk”. They look fierce. We got up early on Saturday and set off to capture these creatures, digitally. Normally they are brave and you can walk up to just a couple of feet from them. Well, once again, if you have a camera in your hand just at the last minute off they fly.
So this morning I head out to work and guess what. On the lamp post above the truck are two huge ravens. “Hawk, hawk” they greet me. Hum, they look a bit intimidating. I get in the truck and make sure the windows aren’t all the way down. Now I’m going to have my first team meeting this morning so I’d decided to stop at the donut shop just across the street for tasty goodies to bring. I drove over there, parked and got out of the car. As I walked towards the shop, “hawk, hawk”. I look about and about five ravens are coming towards me. Not to panic I think – but I increase my speed as I head for the door. Safely inside I make my selections and head back out. Now there’s about seven or eight ravens and keeping a distance of about 3 feet they provide escort services back to the truck. In I climb and take off. A few of them swooped the truck, but they didn’t follow me. Scary – you bet. I sure hope they haven’t figured out where I live and send a morning patrol out for me!
And, just in case you were wondering about my new environment – here it is!