Welcome to Week 9 of my Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge.  Corvids are birds belonging to the Corvidae family, encompassing ravens, crows, magpies, jays and nutcrackers.  So peruse your corvid photo, poetry, music and story archives and join the challenge.

You can participate in the Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge by creating a pingback to this post (my pingback approval settings are set up for manual approval, so it may take a little while for your pingback to appear) and/or by leaving a hyperlink to your submission in the comments.   Tag your post Corvid-2020 or C20WC.  I really do hope you will join in.

Those of my readers that have been tagging along on this challenge will know that ravens and crows are the only corvids in Australia, and in my small part of Australia, the predominant species is the Australian raven.  I suppose you are all sick of hearing about the antics of the ravens I have been stalking?  Well have no fear, there’s caw!  Now for a few words and a few photos.

Eye Of The Beholden

as mind frays, solace can be found in
word games and flights of fancy
an interest shared, pleasure and pain
the black feather brings change, and caught
in the metamorphosis, we have each other
young and young at heart

In the photos below, a young raven has been caught in the moment of change from juvenile to adult.  One side of the face has the dark brown eye of a younger bird.  On the other side, you can see the white/blue rim of the adult eye forming.  (Click on images to enlarge.)

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to last week’s challenge.  The frustration and the fun is infectious (groan).  Check out these lovely posts if you haven’t already.




Yellow Headed Blackbird

Just walking around

Mr. Crow



Kind Regards.

(Britta, if you are reading, I cannot comment on your posts.  I’m still reading though.)

32 thoughts on “Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge #9

  1. Please keep stalking the Australian raven, Tracy!! I can never get enough of your beautiful photos and funny stories! 😄 How wonderful that you’ve caught hold of a juvenile raven in its moment of change! One eye brown and the other with that amazing blue ring – fantastic!
    I’ve been to the zoo extra for you and your challenge yesterday. 😉

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I’ll keep trying. It helps me get off my fat butt, as they say in the classics. 🙂 I saw your post! It’s amazing. I feel completely honoured that you went to such trouble. The pingback hasn’t arrived yet!!! What’s taking so long? So I’ve copied the link to your post and pasted it in the comments while I’m waiting.

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      1. Aww – thank you! That’s funny, I did the pingback as usual but have lately some problems with WP, so will try it again later when at the computer ( I’ve still not worked out how tho do it with my phone 😂).


      1. Do watch it, Tracy. Like your TL, you too might find it very distressing. But this what is happening here. Hunger or corona…will kill them and all because someone did not plan before imposing the lockdown! What I write sometimes in my poems is just the tip of the iceberg. I have spent days crying while watching tv. This is what happens when we choose leaders who act first and plan later.

        I am enjoying your creativity. And believe me, your posts are anything but boring! 🙂❤️

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  2. Looking at the photos of the yellow-headed blackbird I realized why they have this amazing coloration. From above, there in the Big Empty, their yellow heads and black wings with the white patch would make them very difficult for a raptor to see. I thought for a moment that such a bright yellow didn’t seem like camouflage, but then I remembered Tigers. ❤


  3. Do you know how long I’ve been reading your Corvid posts? And yet it wasn’t until I commented on one of Sarah’s posts (she accepted the challenge from your blog) that I realized the name of the bird wasn’t Covid? Just when I think I can’t get any dumber, I prove to myself that I can!!!

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  4. The production values are excellent. It is quite long but move right along. There are a few commercials that are annoying but brief enough. I really liked it.

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