|Fish Crow with a young Gopher Tortoise on a No Pets sign - Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 250mm, natural light, not baited|
Then I remembered some reactions & comments on Facebook that were made after a post I published about Fish Crows last year (seen here) about how unpopular they are with shorebird conservationists because they eat the chicks and eggs of other birds. It isn't just shorebird conservationists that dislike Fish Crows, I've heard people call them disgusting, annoying and a nuisance.
(The Fish Crow above did not eat the young Gopher Tortoise, after this image was taken the Fish Crow let the it drop to the soft sand below the sign and flew off perhaps to find something easier to eat.)
|Adult Gopher Tortoise on Egmont Key - Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1500, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light|
Great Blue Herons eat the eggs of other birds but most people don't dislike them they way they dislike Fish Crows. Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons will take the chicks of ducks, shore and water birds. People are fascinated by the majestic Eagles and in awe of the power of Peregrine Falcons, not so with a Fish Crow.
|Fish Crow with nesting material, Fort De Soto County Park - Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/750, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 340mm, natural light, not baited|
When I look at the Fish Crow in the image above I can't help but like the bird for what it is. I can't dislike or be repulsed by it for finding whatever sustenance it needs to survive. Every bird needs to eat.
|Sunset at Fort De Soto - Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 500, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm|
That I can dislike.