Rook; Truro city centre, Cornwall; 12 Apr 2016.

Well, another (slightly glossy) black crow, but that thin and pointed, rather dagger-like bill and the bare grey skin on the face immediately identify this as a Rook.  Unlike Carrion Crows, which are around our gardens and towns all the time, Rooks are more birds of open country, where they use that long, sharp bill to probe in the ground for small invertebrates.

But a few venture closer to us, as in a motorway services on the way to London, where they stalk around the parked cars hoping for titbits; and here in Truro city centre; and in a park just up the road from where I live in Bristol too, where a few come for the winter – they have just come back, last week – to probe and feast in the park’s mown lawns.

And I like Rooks.  They are jaunty, garrulous birds, full of character – rather like Starlings in this respect – and yes, as I have said about various birds before, and will no doubt say again, I would very much like to have a Rook on my shoulder, peering intelligently around and making deafening squawks in my ear!

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

11 Responses to BIRDS 84 – ROOK

  1. bluebrightly says:

    I’ll take one on my shoulder, too, but wait – let me put a jacket on first! (I wonder what he’ll point out that I missed – plenty, I’m sure!)


  2. krikitarts says:

    I’ve always liked crows and ravens (I raised a fledgling of the latter until it was ready to fend for itself), but I’ve never really known if a rook was identical with one or the other. A quick Google delve taught me that they’re quite distinct. Thanks for enhancing my ornithological education–and a lovely portrait in the bargain.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Gary, thank you very much, my friend. Yes, Rooks are a separate species – I don’t know whether you get this one in the States or not. Carrion Crows (also known as Hooded Crows in the north UK, a different subspecies) are the ones around us here; Rooks are more in the countryside, and the far southwest of Cornwall was teeming with them this week, which was very good to see – I likes ’em! Ravens occasionally fly over here, at once distinguishable by their harsh, croaking calls, but get out into wilder country, especially in the west UK, and they’re often about. A 🙂


  3. Sounds like a very personable bird. Great photo, bud. Looks like he might be squawking, “Look at me!” He has a confident air about him.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, absolutely, self-confidence, and “Look at me!”. We’ve just returned from a few more days down in the far southwest of Cornwall, and there were Rooks everywhere – especially on the short turf of a large military aerodrome – which I was loath to point my camera at!!! ATP XXX


  4. paula graham says:

    Nice make him look almost likable! Noisy creatures…not in my backyard please!! Scare the badgers and the deer and


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh but they are likable! I don’t suppose that its going to happen, but I think that if I lived next to a rookery, I’d glory in the natural cacophony that each morning brought. I know I feel that way about the cries of the gulls that wing in over Bristol in the early dawn, its always good to hear them, good to know they’re up there. When I used to work down in the city centre, there was the spectacular sight of hundreds of gulls coming over in the dawn (I was always in work by 7am or earlier, leaving at 3pm) and being lit up by the city’s lights, a real spectacle. A


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