These crows were making a huge racket

As soon as I stepped out the door for a walk this morning, I heard a lot of crows making a lot of noise down the street. They were perched on a telephone pole, flying up and swooping around like they were trying to scare off a hawk.

Of course I walked toward them to see what was going on.

By the time I reached the end of the block, the crows had given up and flown off. But I noticed people were out in their front yards looking up at a tree…

#photo #crow #TelephonePole #birds #BlackAndWhite

A telephone pole with at least 15 crows perched on the cross piece and wires, seen from below with the wires and crosspiece forming diagonals.

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These crows were making a huge racket, some of them taking off, swooping and perching again, trying to scare off a hawk that had caught a pigeon and was eating it in a nearby tree. The hawk didn’t leave. The crows did.

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One of the (many) weird things about Los Angeles is that there are fragments of wilderness …

One of the (many) weird things about is that there are fragments of wilderness scattered throughout the suburbs. (Mostly where it was a pain to build, or someone owned a lot of land & decided to donate it.)

I had two photos of this junction and . I liked the colors in one, the composition in the other, and I just couldn’t get the balance right on the second. On a whim I desaturated it. Turns out it looks better in anyway!

One of the (many) weird things about #LosAngeles is that there are fragments of wilderness ...

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Rocketship park (one of very few remaining parks with this sort of climbing structure). I …

Rocketship park (one of very few remaining parks with this sort of climbing structure). I stopped to grab coffee and realized I’d been able to see the shopping center from the park…so it stood to reason I ought to be able to see the park from the shopping center.

Yep!

I think the version works a bit better on this.

Rocketship park (one of very few remaining parks with this sort of climbing structure). I ...

Rocketship park (one of very few remaining parks with this sort of climbing structure). I ...

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I found the original of this while looking for something else and thought it would …

I found the original of this while looking for something else and thought it would look good in black and white.

#photography #BlackAndWhite #Birds

Silhouettes of palm trees and lots of birds.

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I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t post the original back when I took it. Yeah, it was pre-Instagram and I was barely using Flickr at the time, but I had been posting photos to my blog for a couple of years by then.

:shrug: Well, it’s up now. And who knows: maybe I wouldn’t have thought of adjusting the color if I’d stumbled on it as “Oh yeah, that one…” instead of rediscovering a photo I’d completely forgotten.

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Since joining iNaturalist, I’m paying more attention to the birds I see (and, more often, hear)…

Since joining iNaturalist, I’m paying more attention to the #birds I see (and, more often, hear). 3/4 of the time, they fly off before I have a chance to take a picture, but I’ve caught a few.

I learned that most of the #pigeons we see in cities are classified as feral, descended from domesticated pigeons derived in turn from rock pigeons who live on the sides of sea cliffs. Buildings serve as a nice substitute.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/kelsonv

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_pigeon

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