Tonight I decided to play with the camera during evening hang-out time with Ruckus. First we had to set the ground rules: I got to take photos if she got the lens cap. Seemed like a fair enough trade.
Ruckus, however, knows better than to trust me. Therefore, the lens cap had to be put in her stack-up baby boxes and heavily guarded.
That got boring after a while, so Mlle R. decided that it was time to exit from her enclosure. She has figured out that when I’m in the enclosure, the door is unlocked and if she pushes at it with her beak, it will open up slightly. If she keeps at it, she can build up enough momentum that the door will open wide enough for her to slip through to the main part of the screened in porch where she lives.
The main area has many attractions, including the rehab birds. In a gesture of solidarity, Ruckus always drops by to remove whatever it is that is keeping the latches of the doors closed. When she was visiting her temporary dorm mates, I got a shot that captured the iridescence of her feathers (see homepage). Then she had to spill leftover dog food, knock over cleaning supplies, check out her reflection, and examine the vacuum cleaner.
Finally, she got contemplative, which often happens at the end of the day, and decided to perch by the screen door and watch the twilight begin to deepen. Because the light was low (and photographing a black and white bird is beyond my photography skill set), I abandoned the effort of trying to adjust the color and just turned the photo black and white.
By that point, she was willing to go back in her enclosure. And yes, I did retrieve the lens cap because crows are not the only creatures who can be sneaky when others aren’t paying attention.