Monday, February 24, 2014
Birds of the Grand Canyon - Common Raven
You can't help noticing all the birds in the Grand Canyon National Park. It's winter time, so I didn't expect as many as you'd see in summer months, but we still saw and heard lots. The most common bird that we saw was the Common Raven. This one sat in a tree just above the next one, probably looking for food. This image was taken with my telephoto at 300mm focal length with an exposure of 1/750 seconds at f/6.7, ISO 200.
This one was on the edge of the parking lot near the previous Common Raven. He didn't mind my being "only" about 20 feet away. This image was taken at 300mm focal length with an exposure of 1/180 seconds at f/6.7, ISO 200.
We stopped at a scenic pullout and this Common Raven landed on the rock wall next to our car and walked boldly up to within about 4 feet of me. I had to step back to get him to only fill my frame. This exposure was at 75mm focal length and 1/500 seconds at f/4.8, ISO 400.
He seemed to be looking for handouts and even looked in our open car door like he expected us to feed him - I presume that happens often despite park rules to the contrary. This image was taken at 75mm focal length and 1/1000 seconds at f/4.8, ISO 400.
Almost the same pose but a little less closeup. 75mm and 1/1000 seconds at f/4.8, ISO 400.