Right in the heart of downtown Victoria, in an abandoned, excavated lot we found this little piece of crow paradise. It was fenced and secure, and had a lovely sunstruck bathing pool.
When we approached, several crows were bathing.
Here a crow ducks down in the water, splashing furiously.
Ah, that’s better!
Victoria, much like Vancouver is a city of crows. Although there are some ravens in both cities now, the predominant corvids are crows.
On Boxing Day, right next door from my mother’s house, A huge gathering of crows came down to feed of the subterranean larvae of European chafer, a type of scarab beetle.
Perched up on a power line, the crows wait for a dog to pass.
Many of the crows in Victoria communally roost on Discovery and Chatham Island, like the Vancouver crows nest in Burnaby. Here is one fresh off the morning flight from the islands.
I really enjoy watching crows, and despite their ubiquity, find them a challenge photographically.
Capturing their behaviour accurately remains one of my photographic goals. How cool would it be to get good photos at a nest? Close up views of their prey? Mating? I think I will keep watching and shooting crows for a good long while before I am satisfied!