Crows Converge on Victoria Park

1/10 at f4.5 ISO 400 Pentax K20D Sigma 18-50  lens at 50mm.

1/10 at f4.5 ISO 400 Pentax K20D Sigma 18-50 lens at 50mm.

Every evening, crows – many, many murders thereof – converge on Victoria Park in the heart of Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. I’ve seen them heading there, even from where I live, 25km away, but have never been in the park when they arrive. And I’ve certainly never tried to photograph them. The PEI Kelby Photo Walk was held in and around Victoria Park on October 11 this year. While other more successful photographers went off to capture the sunset or the baseball game or dusk over the city, I tried to photograph the crows. They were extremely loud, especially if you walked under the trees where they settle, but once they settled, in the gathering dusk they were nearly impossible to see.

1/10 at f4.5 ISO 400  Pentax K20D Sigma 18-50  lens at 50mm.

1/10 at f4.5 ISO 400
Pentax K20D Sigma 18-50 lens at 50mm.

1/60 at f4.5 ISO 560  Pentax K20D Sigma 18-50  lens at 50mm.

1/60 at f4.5 ISO 560
Pentax K20D Sigma 18-50 lens at 50mm.

These three are my best efforts, at low shutter speeds because of the dark. I really like the one converted to black and white and with the foliage lightened so you can actually see the crows. Other examples of Convergence for this Week’s WordPress Photo Challenge are here.

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One comment on “Crows Converge on Victoria Park

  1. pix & kardz says:

    crows migrate daily in my corner of the planet too. unfortunately many of their overnight roosts have been turned into construction sites and concrete towers, and still they assemble for their nightly roosts by the hundreds and thousands.
     
    i actually posted them in a blog which i retired earlier this year, since i found maintaining one blog was sufficiently time absorbing 🙂 if you would like to check out the link, it’s here: http://wp.me/p1vh00-uv
     
    anyhow, i like the black & white image too for the same reasons you’ve indicated. love seeing all those crows!

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