A murder of crows


I have always wanted to use this collective noun and this photo has given me the perfect opportunity! Jim took it on a recent weekend in Penang. There is a lovely walkway along the Penang waterfront, which is lined with these beautiful light poles. The afternoon we were there most of the poles were inhabited by noisy, busy crows. Though crows are not my favourite birds (are they anybody’s?), I enjoy watching birds here in Malaysia. Most days I see kingfishers and herons that frequent the river in front our house but occasionally, while out walking, I’ve caught a glimpse of the elusive greater coucal, a large lumbering bird with luxuriant black and brown plumage. When I do it feels like a special treat!

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