Corvid-2020 weekly Challenge #10


My wonderful friend Tracy from over at Reflections of An Untidy Mind started a lovely new blog challenge nine weeks ago – the Corvid 2020 Weekly Challenge.

Here’s a little snippet from her, so you know what it’s all about:

“Corvids are birds belonging to the Corvidae family, encompassing ravens, crows, magpies, jays and nutcrackers. So peruse your corvid photo, poetry, music and story archives and join the challenge.

You can participate in the Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge by creating a pingback to this post (my pingback approval settings are set up for manual approval, so it may take a little while for your pingback to appear) and/or by leaving a hyperlink to your submission in the comments. Tag your post Corvid-2020 or C20WC. I really do hope you will join in.”



Today we’re back to the Hooded crows – they’re definitely superior in numbers around here!

When I watched this one at a little stream, it eyed me very suspiciously, thanks to my reflective lens of my camera that no doubt looked to him like a gigantic eye.

It was clear that he/she very much wanted a drink, but wasn’t quite ready to turn his/her back to me.


Hooded crow glancing at me over its shoulder 


So I sat very still, not even daring to breath, when finally the crow gave in and dunked its beak into the water.


Taking a sip


After which it took immediate flight, which sadly I didn’t catch.


And getting ready to take off!


This little episode reminded me very much of a passage in one of my favorite books, The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis:

“Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion.
“I am dying of thirst,” said Jill.
“Then drink,” said the Lion.
“May I — could I — would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
“Will you promise not to — do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill.
“I make no promise,” said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
“Do you eat girls?” she said.
“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.
“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.
“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”
“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.”


This also related a lot to me today because I’ve spend hours on public services, where it’s still mandatory to wear a mask, and I was getting more thirsty by the minute but didn’t dare lifting my mask, since the train was unusually packed.

So imagine my relief when I finally got home where I had a huge glass of water first, then green tea, and now am placidly sipping my coffee. 😉

Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

28 thoughts on “Corvid-2020 weekly Challenge #10

    1. Thank you, Ju-Lyn! We’re doing reasonably well here in Germany and have lifted lots of restrictions already but I’m still being careful. But it’s nice to get out and about and taking pictures again! Hope you and your family are doing well too! Stay healthy and take care!


  1. A great photo essay, Sarah. This is a Lewis story that I didn’t know – now I’m going to have to look it up. If anything, Covid makes it clear that sometimes there is no other stream. Wear a mask, wash your hands, stay six feet away – there is no other way to be safe.

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  2. Lovely photos of the crow! And I’m glad he finally found the courage to take his drink. I can relate to that story too, for the same reasons. I’m used to sipping on a Diet Coke when I’m walking shelter dogs, but now of course we must wear a mask in the building. And I can’t take the soda with me when I’m outside with the dogs, where we’re allowed to remove it. Every once in a while I sneak off to a quiet corner, all alone, and take a sip. But most of the time, I just go thirsty!!!

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    1. Thank you, Ann! And I feel with you! But I#m very proud of you that you wait until you find a quiet empty corner until you give in and take a sip! I know how hard that is! The funny thing is, I’m still thirsty just thinking back. 😂

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  3. First of all, I hope your mum is ok. Your travel experience sounds awful; being thirsty in those circumstances is horrible and worse knowing people around you are not doing the right thing.
    That first glass of water must have been sooooo good.

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    1. It was that good. 😉 It’s funny, I still feel thirsty thinking about it which is obviously just in my head because I just had two cups of green tea! 😂
      My mum is okay, thank you. Still in a lot of pain though, it seems her rheumatoid arthritis is keen on giving her a hard time. 😦 At least the doctor prescribed her some anti-inflammatory pills, though only after me telling him to do so!! It’s painful to see how hard it is to get her treated right, if it hadn’t been for the long delay she could feel much better already…

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  4. I’m actually rather fond of crows, Sarah. I’m so glad this one posed for you. And I can imagine how hard it is to be thirsty in a place where you can’t really take a drink! My mask gets hot and my glasses fog up. Lol. Sipping a cup of coffee about now sounds wonderful. Have a lovely safe day, my friend. 🙂

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    1. Me too, Diana! 😀 They are quite photogenic once they decide it’s safe. 😉
      oh, yes, those fogged up glasses! 😂
      Wishing you a beautiful day, dear friend! ❤

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  5. Hello Sarah, what lovely close-ups of the Nebelkrähe you managed to capture. Did you have your mask on then? Perhaps it was a little unsure of it? The Silver Chair passage fits both your situations so well.

    I hope you didn’t go crow hunting and then find yourself on a crowded train? Sounds like everyone had the same idea as you at the same time. I’m proud of you for not lifting your mask. Where is that German efficiency when you need it? Is that stereotyping too much? I recently watched how passenger movements on public transport were being managed in Sydney. It reminded me of the same type of techniques that are being used to manage traffic congestion on Australian urban roads. I thought that was a fancy new application for that type of technology, at least in Australia that is. Yes, I once worked in the Australian government’s transport department.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tracy! ❤ No, I didn’t wear a mask then because these were made last autumn – aw, the good old days. 😉
      Ha! Wish I had thought of that (the crowded train that is)! 😁 And no, not been crow hunting today but accompanied my mum to a doctor’s appointment to make sure she got the help she needs because last time he messed up. A so called specialist for rheumatic diseases to whom we had to travel through the whole of Berlin and back again.
      Oh, how I wished German efficiency would be practiced with wearing masks etc but so many are refusing to wear them, or wear them wrongly (like under your chin where if course

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      1. Sounds familiar for a lot of other things as well! It’s seldom the case that just one solution works, a whole lot of them much improves changes for success.

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