Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a series of photos by reader Keira McKenzie that might be called “Eight Ways of Looking at a Raven (and Two Ways of Looking at a Cat)”.  The photos are from Oz, featuring the Australian raven (Corvus coronoides) and Felis catus.

The ravens of Matilda Bay (a reserve on the Swan River, adjacent to the university of Western Australia) are unafraid of the humans who visit the small restaurant there, and are always on the lookout for munchies.  Such stunning birds. And they are ravens.  Crows are found in the more rural areas.

The ravens are all taken at Matilda Bay Reserve on the Swan River, Perth, Western Australia.  Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world, deserts to the east and north, what remains of forested wilderness to the south, and sea all the way to Madagascar to the west.
I asked Keira about where she lived and where the ravens were photographed; her response:

It’s small, loves razing history to the ground, gives bugger all for its environment and all the treasure like the wildflowers you so loved last year, and its mighty forests are constantly being woodchipped. Now they want to cull the great white sharks because they bite a few people a year. How many sharks are killed by humans? Thousands.  That is the Western Australian ethic.

Keira always supplements her photos with pictures of her beloved long-haired black cat, Plushie:

. . . and Plushie snoozing in the courtyard on her favourite chair (or one of them.  They’re all her favourite, especially if you are sitting in one.

Spot the cat!

Plushie, merging with the night permabulating the halls of my little house (she is currently sitting in the dark on my unicorn rug – rug based on the famous medieval tapestry before you get ideas of rainbows etc):


  1. Mike
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Stunning Birds.

  2. Posted April 25, 2017 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    The way the blue/whites of the eyes are visible, makes me wonder if that shows that they can follow the gaze of other birds, as has been suggested for humans.

  3. GBJames
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Great stuff.

  4. Rob
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 8:07 am | Permalink


  5. Posted April 25, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Simply WOW!
    Amazing photography, thank you

  6. darrelle
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Beautiful portraits.

  7. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Always that one you are sitting in becomes the favorite. Fine photos.

  8. Posted April 25, 2017 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Keira, those are simply stunning pictures of awesome birds! Your feeling for the subject really comes through. Thank you for sharing these with us.

    • Posted April 25, 2017 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      thank Jerry – he demanded them after seeing them on facebook. Glad you like ’em as much as I do the birds 🙂

  9. rickflick
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    The bird glows with personality. So does the cat!

  10. Glenda
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Can’t find a descriptive word that hasn’t been used already. Stunning works – thank you for stunning photos of the Australian raven and your beautiful cat. Please submit more.

    • Posted April 26, 2017 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      I shall pass on your sentiments to my gorgeous girl 🙂 And shall find the time for more raven photos (I love taking them)

  11. Posted April 25, 2017 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous photos, with great expressions on those ravens.

    I also heard about the proposed shark cull. It disgusts me how some people can so easily support the slaughter of native creatures whose habitat we impose on and wreck, all because they don’t want our own species to take responsibility for its place in the ecosystem.

  12. busterggi
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    hhmmmm….bet Australian ravens have cool accents. Gotta check that out sometime.

    Hey, American Crows and Fish Crows both live here in CT yet they sound different.

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