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We just returned from a winter trip to Yellowstone National Park. For some people, that might seem counter intuitive but for me, it’s been a long time coming – a real bucket list trip. Now that I’ve gone once, I can’t wait to visit there in the winter again.

While we saw lots of charismatic megafauna and I had opportunities to photograph many of them, my favorite photos from the trip are these of the Common Ravens in the Tower Junction area. This pair seemed to dominate the parking lot where there was a dumpster, recycling bins and toilets. I have no doubt that they are true scavengers living off what we humans leave behind. I think they also were very used to people and have probably been fed many times. When another pair of ravens flew overhead, these two hopped up and down on a snowbank making threatening calls. I think they were saying “Get out of here, this is our place.” They are beautiful and smart birds.


  1. STUNNING photos!! I have been to Yellowstone twice in winter and share your enthusiam for that time of year- I find it magical. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love the raven! You did a nice job of catching several expressions/attitudes.

  3. I love ravens and crows and these photos capture their essence beautifully. The pictures reminded me of the flock of about 14-16 crows that visited our place regularly in NC – we fed them and had water and we liked them. We got to recognize many of the different individuals. Thanks for the great pictures.

    (I know what a flock of crows is called, but prefer to call it a flock) Diane


  4. Did not realize they had so much color in their feathers!

  5. Love, love Ravens….and these!

  6. I’ll add my admiration of these birds to all the others here. Beautiful photographs.

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