I am a sucker for crows, always have been, always will be.
I'll happily attempt to talk to Ravens (try it - a few "bok boks" and a "cronk" and they'll usually come and have a chat) on the Outer Hebs 'til they cart me away, which won't be too long now apparently (I know Matron, I know, it's medication time).
So I was delighted when Rich Steel sent me his latest batch of shots - part of a project by the great man on capturing corvids in flight.
All gorgeous pix of these characters (link as ever on the right to Rich's website).
"Hi John, I have been working on a mini project of corvids in flight", Rich explains.
"This has mainly been directed at Rooks as I think they are very underrated and beautiful birds when the sun hits them.
Still working on the Jays and only the attached 'missile' shot so far ...lol"
I must admit, I lurve the "jaydart shot", and wholeheartedly agree about Rooks - top birds, and great to see them moving back into the area north of the Mersey over the last few years.
There were five sitting around the playing field and roadside fence by Holy Family High School in Thornton as I drove down to Crosby during rush hour today...Vive Le Rook!
(didja see what I did there Adam?)
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...