Ravens in the afternoon

27 Jan

Yesterday was meant to be a day off for me.  Teachers, however, rarely enjoy days off (except in the summer, I know, I know).  So, I went in for a couple of hours.  Five and a half hours later, I dragged myself home with a pile of unfinished work.  (You know we do it for the high pay and extreme glamor, don’t you?)

The highlight of my day was when I spotted two Ravens hanging out on the walkway outside my classroom.  One was walking along the walkway.  It was so quiet at that moment that I could hear his talons click as he walked.  He ignored me completely (after all, I didn’t have a camera in my hands).  I quietly and calmly went into the classroom and got my camera.

Of course, as I focused it on him (her?), he fled the scene.  Dratted bird!

The one at the end of the walkway, on the railing, did not flee.  I snapped several pictures as it froze in place like a statue.  I didn’t dare walk closer but  continued shooting out of focus shots (thank goodness all my bad shots are on easily deleted pixels and not expensive film!).  Eventually, my persistance paid off.

The best shot of the bunch was the last possible one.  Good-bye, Raven!  Enjoy your afternoon.

Common Raven in flight

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3 Responses to “Ravens in the afternoon”

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook 27 January, 2009 at 6:42 am #

    That is such a COOL picture!!!

  2. robin andrea 27 January, 2009 at 7:06 am #

    What a good balance to the work you were doing– Ravens!

  3. mon@rch 27 January, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    Wish our ravens let us get closer to photograph! Bravo work and glad you had a day off!

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