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The One with The Crow & The Rain

July 24, 2011

I snapped the following series of images of this crow as it was sitting on the railing adjacent to the vehicle queue for getting onto the Seattle ferry over to Vashon Island. ** As always, click on the photo for an embiggened view. ** Just for fun, I've included a rough (very rough) facsimile of the accompanying dialogue between me and my husband...

"Roll your window down, hon."
"What?!"
"Let me try and get a few shots past you, out your window."
"We're going to start moving any second now to get on the ferry!"
"I know, I know... so hurry up already!"



Crow + rain + the Seattle ferry



"Aren't you a lovely bird? And posing so nicely for me too — thank you!  Boy, you look wet."
"Hey... Speaking of wet... Me and the car are getting kind of soaked over here."
"I know... sorry! Just a few more... and then you can roll it back up, I promise."

 

Crow + rain + the Seattle ferry

 

 

"Are you getting anything decent?"
"Yup! These are pretty... The muted colors of the background and the water... the rain falling... the way light is hitting its black feathers. In fact, I'm really happy with these! Thanks for putting up with me, hon."
"Yeah, yeah, yeah... So, do you think it's just an American Crow, or is this one actually a Northwestern Crow?"
"I don't know, I'm still trying to figure out how to tell the difference exactly. I need to check the field guide again."


Crow + rain + the Seattle ferry

 

 

"Oh, hey... Wow! It looks like it's dancing in this shot!"
"Dancing?!"
"Well, it's doin' something fancy with its feet..." *GRIN*



[NOTE: Differentiating between these two species of crow mostly involves geographic range and habitat, as well as some variation in call sounds. However, I gather that there is also a fair bit of hybridization between American and Northwestern Crows, which makes it all the more difficult to tell for certain which species you're dealing with. I'm fairly certain that we must have seen at least a few Northwestern Crows (a new species for us) in the course of our more than week-long visit to Washington... just don't ask me which ones they were exactly.]