This shot goes sort of goes with my Day Poem today (https://day-poems.tumblr.com/post/610932633729384448/225-there-was-a-crowd-of-crows-just-behind-the). Crows are, of course, one of the more interesting birds…based on their intelligence, not on their looks. Though they might be called handsome, they would never be called pretty. 🙂 Still, I am always impressed when I see them, in particular, playing. Any animal that is able to play has my respect. Then, of course, the rest of their social behavior, and their tool usage, put them high on the list of intelligent birds. They are not easy to photograph. The back on black plumage is difficult to expose if you want to maintain any feather detail. This one posed in great light, with light reflected up from the snow under the tree. I could not have done better with studio lighting. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. I used the touch screen on the Sony to move the focus point to the bird’s head while maintaining good composition. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.