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20100809 335 Leucistic Crow 1c1 SERIES.jpg
09-AUG-2010 Hank v/d Velde

20100809 335 Leucistic Crow 1c1 SERIES.jpg

My Neighbourhood

Four images of a leucistic Crow.

According to the literature, Leucism is a pigmentation problem where some or all of a birds feathers are of a different than normal colour, often white. Reportedly the colour variations or patterns are usually symetrical. For more information and description on leucism in birds, see http://birding.about.com/od/identifyingbirds/a/leucism.htm .

I previously posted several images of this leucistic crow. At that time I indicated that it appeared that the other (normal) crows were harassing it on account of it being different. It now appears that I was probably wrong. The fighting amongst the crows seemed to have been merely a lover's quarrel. The leucistic crow now appears to have acquired a mate and it and its mate are now mostly seen together or as part of a group of crows.

Top Image: The leucistic Crow (top) and its mate perched up high in a tree in one of my neighbours yards.


The leucistic Crow takes off. Its mate followed shortly.


The leucistic Crow in full flight.


After a brief stop on an other neighbours roof, the leucistic Crow takes off again after its mate.
Note: the white backgound is a due to a white gable end of the adjacent house and not the sky. The sky was blue at the time.

Nikon D300S ,Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/500s f/8.0 at 420.0mm iso640 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Simon Chandler24-Aug-2010 20:25
Amazing series. Excellent capture of the subject in flight. Great info. v
January Grey24-Aug-2010 05:50
Interesting info and a great series of shots, Hank!
Marc Vermeulen23-Aug-2010 20:51
Nice action shots!
Yi Feng23-Aug-2010 16:57
Beautifully captured Hank. The last one looks like a Chinese brush painting. Lovely!
Carol Breton23-Aug-2010 13:05
It's quite beautiful. Great series Hank with good information. ~
Vince23-Aug-2010 12:29
A great series of shots Hank. Very well presented. Vote.
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal23-Aug-2010 11:32
Leuke vondst Hank, opnieuw een mooie serie!!
Ton
Colin Storey23-Aug-2010 09:28
Stunning series hank, fantastic flight shots b
lou_rozensteins23-Aug-2010 08:44
You could easily think it was another species. Great shots again!
slhoornstra23-Aug-2010 08:40
What beautiful captures of this special crow, a stunning bird indeed. VVV
Enny23-Aug-2010 08:14
a wonderful serie Hank.
NealyBob23-Aug-2010 06:36
Fantastic series on these crows Hank! Thanks for the info also~!
Brian McAllister23-Aug-2010 06:28
Great series.
First time I've seen one of these! V
Michal Leszczynski23-Aug-2010 04:45
Wonderful series, Hank. V.
larose forest photos23-Aug-2010 04:03
Very intriguing shot, Hank! There have been several crows over the last 6 years or so on the Experimental Farm, who have varying degrees of leucism on their wings and/or tails. Intriguing to see this from elsewhere. Very neat shots!
Dominic Cantin23-Aug-2010 03:56
Very well seen ! Not often that we see this ! Thanks for the view Hank !

Dom :)
Yiannis Pavlis23-Aug-2010 03:02
Excellent image Hank !The bottom one is gorgeous.
hge5423-Aug-2010 02:34
Nice Job, Hank. The second image is almost surreal.
Lieve Snellings23-Aug-2010 02:33
so terrific Hank !
Len23-Aug-2010 02:05
Great series of the partial albino crow and mate Hank!!!!
sandy barbour23-Aug-2010 01:14
Awesome shots Hank!
jean-yves chamberland23-Aug-2010 00:27
wonderful serie Hank!
bill friedlander23-Aug-2010 00:19
Super series of shots. I especially like the last two showing the spread of the wings. V
Marcia Colelli23-Aug-2010 00:13
Wonderful timing. Great flight and action captures V
vatorman22-Aug-2010 23:58
Very cool observation. Thanks for sharing this one Hank. V
Tom Munson22-Aug-2010 23:48
That is one cool looking Crow, Hank! Terrific images!
Jim Coffman22-Aug-2010 23:03
I've never seen anything like them! Very nice work,Hank!
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