Find the raven!

Here’s some more persiflage: our first “spot the. . .” quiz that isn’t a photo. It’s a drawing on an old British postcard. There’s a raven hidden in it! Can you spot it? Answer at 1 pm Chicago time (h/t: Matthew).

If you’ve visited the Tower of London—and you must if you’re in town—you’ll not only see the Crown Jewels and the Beefeaters, but the famous population of captive ravens, kept in the tower (one wing is clipped so they can’t fly away) and tended by the Beefeaters. They’re famous, and here are two of them, Jubilee and Munin. What a great photo! The last time I visited the Tower, I found the Raven Master (one of the Beefeaters, or Yeomen Warders) and had a nice chat about the birds.

They’re well fed, too. In an article devoted solely to these birds, Wikipedia reports:

The diet of the ravens is carefully maintained; it includes fresh fruit, cheese and fresh meat, as well as vitamins and other supplements. In 2007, the Ravenmaster Derek Coyle commented: “I buy fresh meat from Smithfield – liver, lamb, beef, chicken. And occasionally when I’m at my own place in Suffolk someone will give me some rabbit that’s been killed. If I see roadkill on the road, and it’s not been too badly mangled, I normally put it in a black bag and bring it back here. I give them biscuits as well, soaked in blood from the meat that I buy. And in winter I get them capsules of cod liver oil. I know they’re getting as much vitamins and oil as they possibly can. That’s why they look so healthy.”

Check back in a few hours if you didn’t spot the raven in the drawing. Note: try not to give it away in the comments.

31 Comments

  1. Posted February 18, 2018 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    One leg at a time!

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted February 18, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,

    Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

    Still, I don’t see any damn raven.

    • Desnes Diev
      Posted February 18, 2018 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      You must walk this one with a cane.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

        Oh, right. Not where I was looking at all.

      • nicky
        Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

        that is kinda giving it away…

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted February 18, 2018 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I cheated. Posting makes me think of the first and probably last Home Owners Assoc. meeting I attended the other evening. A large part of the discussion was about our urban geese and what are we going to do about them. Just one of many man made problems.

    • glen1davidson
      Posted February 18, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      Urban coyotes?

      OK, you’d probably want them even less.

      Glen Davidson

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Feed them and give them mobile phones so they can work as night patrol. It worked for the Romans.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

        All good ideas but I wonder who knows this one. Go around putting oil on the eggs in the nest. Mostly I think they get Pam and spay it on the eggs. This stops the egg from developing. But the goose does not know this and continue to sit on the eggs that will never hatch. Apparently this is much better than breaking eggs because if they just break the eggs the goose will lay more eggs.

      • Posted February 18, 2018 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

        I don’t believe you. Mobile phones were too heavy in Roman times for geese to carry easily.

  4. GBJames
    Posted February 18, 2018 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Talk about your cryptic camouflage.

  5. bonetired
    Posted February 18, 2018 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Found it!

  6. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 18, 2018 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Is there a way the pics can come through into email?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted February 18, 2018 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      Is your intention to have a copy of the beefeater picture at a larger size to spot the raven? THIS is plenty large enough for raven spotting – DL it to your comp.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

        pic.twitter.com links don’t appear as pics.

        So I have to go out to the site and pull it up that way.

        One less step is more convenient.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

          What browser? I had that problem & fixed it.

          • ThyroidPlanet
            Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

            The email subscription email in Apple Mail app….

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

              So you read posts within the mail app rather than opening in a browser tab

              And you can see most embedded images using the mail app, but not the Twitter embedded images of late, but you used to be able to see them within the mail app?

              If that summary is correct then clear your twitter cookies off your device. Twitter changed their cookies recently & devices still with the old cookies are having similar problems. If you can’t see ANY images at all in the mail app, then change your preferences in the mail app.

              If none of that helps then contact Apple support who are very good. But you’ll have to be clearer at explaining the problem! 🙂

              Cookies for Twitter: there’s around a dozen different ones on your device!

              • ThyroidPlanet
                Posted February 18, 2018 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

                Oh no – the obvious strikes… cookies.

                Well, thanks for the suggestions. I’ll see if there’s anything I can do…

  7. Michael Fisher
    Posted February 18, 2018 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    GOOD ARTICLE from last year about the Tower ravens: Chief Raven Master, Chris Skaife

    “…was keen to emphasise to us (and keen for us to emphasise to visitors) that the ravens’ wings are ‘trimmed’ not ‘clipped’, the process is akin to having a haircut. Far fewer feathers are trimmed than was previously the case, as this allows the birds more freedom to fly and is better for their psychological and physical health. He stressed that visitors should keep their distance from the birds and refrain from taking selfies with them; there have been some injuries recently, and it is important to appreciate that ravens’ beaks are capable of severing fingers.”

    The bit about the love life of raven Jubilee must be wrong though – he was taken by a fox a few years ago I think.

  8. Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been to the Tower a few times, don’t remember any ravens. I’ll pay attention next time.

    • Posted February 18, 2018 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

      Seriously? They’re famous because legend has it that, if they ever leave, the Tower will fall down.

  9. E.A. Blair
    Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Too easy – it’s on the man’s left pant lag.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted February 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      “…Note: try not to give it away in the comments.”

      !!!

  10. Posted February 18, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    The raven image is in the Beefeaters pants, I think.

    • Posted February 18, 2018 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

      He’s British, what you see there are trousers. Pants go underneath.

  11. Posted February 18, 2018 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Got it! I was going to say that it was baked in a pie…. the flat thing atop the beefeater’s head. But clearly there is another afoot. 😉

  12. Posted February 18, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I must say that I’ve never seen happier ravens than the two in the photo! They must love the food there.

    • Diane G.
      Posted February 18, 2018 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      Who doesn’t love biscuits soaked in blood?

      • Posted February 18, 2018 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

        That must be the secret to having glossy feathers and hair!

  13. MR
    Posted February 19, 2018 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    For more of the Tower ravens, look up the ravenmaster1 instagram feed.


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