Am I getting smaller?


I love the intensity directed at nothing in particular.

The things that seemed really big when you were a kid end up a being lot smaller when viewed through your adult eyes. Everyone understands that apparently … except me.

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This one strikes me as just matter of factly sitting in the tree.

When I was a kid these birds were less than half the size and had a much more annoying call. Though now that I think about it, those might have been crows. But no matter, these ravens are huge. I’m sure the bears are starting to take note.

Since it’s obvious that ravens getting larger is a bad thing, we need to find something to blame … like climate change. Any other theories you can suggest would be most helpful!

Meanwhile, I’m going back to measure myself. Just in case I’m getting smaller.



Latest Comments

  1. Scott Marshall says:

    I love the detail in the first shot


  2. artsifrtsy says:

    They are huge – seeing them fly overhead they seem comparable with a vulture or a good sized hawk – Great close shots – getting detail on a black bird with black features is a challenge.


  3. Mandy says:

    At last – an animal we have in common. Your raven is almost identical to the Aussie version.


  4. Deb W. Trotter says:

    Those are really nice photos. Thanks for giving me a detailed look at a bird I pretty much ignore as a big, dark, annoying presence!


  5. Phil Lanoue says:

    Did you ever watch Game of Thrones on HBO? There are always sending the raven off to deliver a message. They looked fairly small on TV though. I wonder if they really used crows for the filming?
    I like these guys. But then again I like vultures so…


  6. caleephotography says:

    I read in the Economist that many birds are increasing in size to have better chances of surviving. Some small bird species have disappeared while big birds increase. For example, not long ago it was very rare to see swans and herons over here, but now there are several in every little pond. So it’s not just your imagination, they probably ARE bigger.


  7. Mike Powell says:

    Maybe it’s the fact that tomorrow is Halloween, a day when thoughts turn to ghosts, goblins, and other scarey creatures, but I find your raven to have a frightening look to them. There is an intensity to the raven like he is really hungry (and if I am not mistaken, “ravenous” originally referred to “hungry as a raven”). I definitely would not want to tangle with a group of them in a darkened place.


  8. Jeff | Planet Bell says:

    I am opposed to all oversized black birds. Be careful out there.


  9. toughlittlebirds says:

    That is one shaggy and colorful raven! I’ve never seen the colors that clearly before.


  10. melodylowes says:

    Isn’t it funny what perspective can do? I’m kinda fascinated by the underbelly backwards shot, actually – I honestly don’t know that I’ve ever taken note of the undercarriage before – there are some pretty feathers hiding in those dark shadows after all. Who knew?


  11. Gunta says:

    Teenage mutant ninja ravens?


  12. meganorussell says:

    Ravens are scary little buggers.


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