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Point your camera at a raven in this part of the world and it'll usually be gone before you can get him in the frame. Not so with Happy Jack, a very special raven. He visits us regularly, looking in our kitchen window from the roof. With his head frosted by minus 35 C temperatures and ice-fog this morning, he posed for a portrait as he perched on my woodpile. He thought it might look best in black &white with the ice-fog bokeh and contrast on his frosted head. Ravens are likely the world's most intelligent birds, and have a problem-solving ability equal to the highest primates.
Jack may even be a celebrity soon, as photo of him from last spring www.flickr.com/photos/keithmwilliams/6978211915/in/set-72... is due to be published in a forthcoming book about ravens.
Addendum: Fellow Yukon photographer Chris www.flickr.com/photos/chrisnorth/ wrote a comment well worth reading: "Corvids are very intelligent all round - crows, ravens, magpies - they use tools and are quite good imitators. The other day one of my co-workers got out of his car and then pulled his mobile from his pocket when it jingled an incoming text. After viewing the message, he put it back only to hear it ring again and again. Pulling it from his pocket each time, he was surprised not to see any new messages. after about the fourth try, he realized it wasn't his phone but a raven sitting on a post nearby watching him and imitating the phone's sound. Cool eh! Ask around, and pretty much everyone in the north has a raven story or two..."