I spy with my raven eye
Taking up position in his hide before dawn, José watched as the raven investigated an empty glass bottle with curiosity. ‘It peered into the opening,’ recalls José, ‘then picked it up with its bill, placing it in different positions – even upright – to better inspect the contents’.
Ravens are well known for their inquisitive nature and, like many corvids, their intelligence. The empty glass bottle is a death trap for small creatures such as lizards and shrews, all potential snacks. Though they hunt insects and small vertebrates, carrion is top of the menu for hungry ravens.
Nikon D3S; 500mm f4 lens and 1.4x extender; 1/1250 sec at f5.6; ISO 800; Manfrotto tripod and Wimberley head; hide.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
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José Juan Hernández Martínez, Spain
Jose's work has been published more than a hundred times, including in National Geographic and GEO, the Nature of Spain and Fauna Canaria books, and the encyclopaedia Handbook of the Birds of the World. In recent years, his photographs have won awards in national and international photography competitions such as Montphoto, GDT, Asferico, Glanzlichter and Oasisphoto.