Isn't this photograph of two ravens interacting just incredible! This was taken by a friend of a friend who lives on Malcolm Island just off the north coast of Vancouver Island. I don't even have her name but when I saw it posted on Facebook I just had to share it.
I believe this is probably a juvenile and a parent and it captures the essence of these remarkable birds. Ravens are the tricksters in Native mythology and you can really see it in their expressions here.
They are like a very large crow, only way smarter, way cheekier and way more special. They have the most amazing repertoire of sounds, ranging from a harsh caw to a burbling warble. One of my most cherished memories is lying in the grass at the top of a mountain on a spring day and watching two ravens do an aerobatic mating dance across the sky and hearing them calling to each other.