Recent thread about Hektor lens and duck/goose jokes reminded me that I wanted to ask one question for some time: and this is how and where can one find ravens in the city?
All birds like pigeons, ducks, chickens and so on are not afraid of people and I can get really close to them. But ravens no. They are always too far, flying away quick, and I don't see them often.
I find the ravens very photogenic, so any tips how to proceed?
From equipment I have nikkor 200mm f4 and Leitz 135mm Hektor, so I can not be very far away.
Crow decoys, and a crow call, or an owl call. Secret yourself in a tent or blind of some kind, so you cannot be seen from the sky.
At the Tower of London (London England that is). They clip their wings so they can't fly away.
Originally Posted by darkosaric
Legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress. It was Charles II, according to the stories, who first insisted that the ravens of the Tower should be protected.
Probably not much use to you but I thought I'd mention it anyway
Where I live they are quite common and you can usually hear their distinctive call before you see them but in a city there's probably too much noise for that.
If you're into Ravens, expect you will know The Solitude of Ravens by Masahisa Fukase. If not, wonderful series.
Good piece on the work and the history behind it in the Guardian.
Sadly the book is out of print, highly collectable so rather too pricey to buy, even the reprints. As it is in the National Art Library in the V&A Museum in London, I usually have a good leaf through when I visit the library. By coincidence, and for Londoners, part of the work is currently on display also at the V&A in an excellent free exhibition in their upstairs Photograph Gallery.
As I remember, the ravens in Northern Germany are quite striking in their grey and black colouring. They're all jet black in the UK.
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Look up Odlin's cove by Beth Moon. Won't help you locate them in the city, but some very nice raven images.
Yes, I know this wonderful book. It is very expensive unfortunately. I have a book "Japanese photobooks in 1960's and 1970's" and there are also some pages from The Solitude of Ravens.
Originally Posted by Mike Crawford
Best possible way is to feed a raven in your home , they live 70 may be 90 some say 120 years. There is a youtube video where a raven feeds the dog and cat of the home. Turkish kings have feeded few ravens in their court. My sisters have pictures of Ravens in New Mexico and Arizona. She loves them. Kremlin and Topkapi Place is famous about their raven fleets. In years , Soviets feeded hawks againts ravens and they reported in national geographic , no hawks could not hunt even a single raven in years. They are extremelly intelligent and when they see the hawk , they left the area altogether Ottoman Palace have the same story , they planted poison , no raven eat it , they put loudspeakers , no success , palace plants new plants everyday and ravens snap them at the evening. They take stones to their mouths and throw at the highhest point on to the lead rain plates and break them And if you touch their children , they attack you on the streets everyday for years. They never forgot you and follow and identify at the crowds.
[QUOTE=Mustafa Umut Sarac;1953715330, they live 70 may be 90 some say 120 years. [/QUOTE]
Seriously? Where did you find this information?