Recently, we’ve noticed many Australian Ravens around the dam. This has happened within the last two weeks.  I’ve consulted our Field Guide to Australian Birds, and discovered that immature Ravens collect in groups until they mature and pair up to breed.  So I guess we have a roaming flock of young birds looking for mates and a territory.  They are not around every day, but their loud raucous calls alert us to their presence when they are here.   To be honest, I hope they keep moving on – I don’t mind a breeding pair, but a flock dominates the soundscape too much.

Despite being noisy and visible, they are very camera shy – each time I try to capture a close-up they have the knack of hiding behind leaves or branches, and they keep flying just out of reach.  These shots are the best I could do.

 

Australian Ravens around the dam
The flock has numbered between 10 and 30 birds. It seems to change in size from day to day.

 

 

Australian Ravens around the dam
Australian Ravens around the dam.