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You have all just witnessed a "Murder"....

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 7 September 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Did you all know?
Apparently, the collective noun for a group of crows is " a murder of crows"...

I am sure a group of crows would have "crowed"( is that the term?) their throats hoarse and driven some poor soul up the wall - to the point of suicide...This must have led him to coin the phrase a "murder of crows"

I am no ornithologist, but it is my astute (?) observation that these fellas are usually loners by the day flying here and there.... and as night approaches, by twilight, they all assemble to form "murders"...

The other remarkable feature was during Tsunami Disaster in Dec 2004 in Chennai, literally hundreds to thousands of these fellas were flying "amuck" in huge "murders" with their squacking almost deafening...
"Sixth or should I say Seventh sense, perhaps..?"

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

great image. and yes animals / birds ..
perhaps have a lot more sense and knowing than most humans give them credit for!

7 Sep 2010 5:53am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

This superb shot with the silhouettes of ravens always worrying. This picture reminds me of Hitchcock film "The Birds". Good day.

7 Sep 2010 6:17am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Hitchcock's birds waiting for us: :)

7 Sep 2010 6:31am

Cruz from exurbia, United States

...and they are standing guard now...

7 Sep 2010 6:52am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

I love the lighting and the composition. . .great!

7 Sep 2010 6:53am

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Black image which lets augur of the worst Brrr!!!

7 Sep 2010 7:09am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

It looks like a funeral line up. Nice shot.

7 Sep 2010 8:25am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A great composition for this "murder of crow" . The dark tones of this image add to an impressiv photo !

7 Sep 2010 9:01am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely poised :)

7 Sep 2010 10:16am

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

wow..this informations are a lil scary but good to now..

7 Sep 2010 10:34am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Crows. They are signs of death. Very very creepy.

I think you show the scene very well. The silhouette reflects the "crows" associating to "death".

7 Sep 2010 10:49am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Aren't English collectives nouns stupid! That said, a buddy of mine lives in the country, and he would happily muder the crows that wake him up every morning with their loud, tuneless squaking! Lovely shot-well seen and taken!

7 Sep 2010 11:27am

tataray from france, France

Ha ha .... ta doc !... ))
Beau contre-jour .

7 Sep 2010 12:32pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great mood . great compo .

7 Sep 2010 1:12pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a nice composition ,with this birds silhouettes !!
friendships !

7 Sep 2010 2:05pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine shot to accompany the explanation of "murders." That one is new to me. Fine shot.

7 Sep 2010 2:46pm

shahryar from Iran

great capture :)

7 Sep 2010 3:00pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine shot of this murder on the massive wall.

7 Sep 2010 3:27pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such a cool shot and interesting thoughts on Murders or singular crows

7 Sep 2010 4:44pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Sunders,
It is an interesting subject. Crows and ravens are very intelligent birds. Have a nice evening and all the best.
Sincerely Christel

7 Sep 2010 5:28pm

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Hitckockist thème ! Could you switch on the light please ?!!!
Great colors and light in this one !

7 Sep 2010 5:33pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Great title. yes I knew it was a murder. I also love to photograph crows, blackbirds etc.

7 Sep 2010 5:53pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Neat silhouettes!

7 Sep 2010 5:55pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great shot ;)

7 Sep 2010 6:26pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

You sure catched a sinistre mood here..murder or not!:)

7 Sep 2010 7:11pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Fantastic. A real mysterious feeling.

7 Sep 2010 7:31pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I like how they are all looking in somewhat different directions, just like a person who has seen something but he does not want others to know, i.e. witness to a murder. Great job Sunder :-)

7 Sep 2010 7:34pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

What a positively nightmarish gathering, just waiting for a victim. A chilling shot.

7 Sep 2010 7:44pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Great composition. Interesting story or thoughts.

7 Sep 2010 8:52pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Great post! I like the story that goes with it also.

7 Sep 2010 8:55pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very much Hitchcock's birds, cool

7 Sep 2010 9:18pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! Now I didn't know that! A 'murder of crows'... how very interesting! Animals have most deffinitely an extra sense when it comes to nature. You are aware of the earthquake that hit New Zealand over the weekend. There have been more than 120 after shocks since it happened they fear a bigger one is still to come... back to your point... what I find very interesting is that a few weeks before the earthquake a pod of 60 whales beached themselves... they basically swam out onto the sand... only 9 were saved...

7 Sep 2010 9:39pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

love the composition! Very cool and interesting shot! I knew they called this a murder of crows! So weird! But anyway love this!

7 Sep 2010 10:30pm

Gina from Azores, Portugal

A little bit disturbing presence.!

7 Sep 2010 11:16pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

We also have a lot of crows right now - more than I can ever remember. This is a great shot! i love the waiting feeling of it. Interesting text.

8 Sep 2010 12:33am

k@ from Paris, France

Quite a fascinating story you share here.... and i love the lighting of your image, very mysterious to illustrate the topic the best way, love the compo t_°°

8 Sep 2010 1:00pm

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

Love this one, super!

8 Sep 2010 3:37pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Not my favourite birds, but I great shot with a lot of suspense in it.....also thanks to Mr. Hitchcock! (yeah-me too;-)

8 Sep 2010 6:53pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

... may be, but all are pretending, looking towards elsewhere. Original pic.

9 Sep 2010 7:20am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

Have you seen "Birds", the movie by Hitchcock ?

9 Sep 2010 8:01pm

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Interesting composition... The birds seem to follow the green, as its fruit !

11 Sep 2010 1:16pm