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Ravens at Johnson Lake # 835

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Date: 2001.10.02
Vantage Point: From Johnson Lake parking area

Caption: The raven is one of the most interesting birds in the Canadian Rockies.

PhotoDescr: Ever since reading Jasper-based naturalist Ben Gadd's first (and so far only) novel, Raven's End, I have taken a greater interest in ravens (Corvus corax). Ravens are one of the most intelligent of birds. According to the National Geographic, some ravens have learned how to unzip storage compartments on snowmobiles. When a raven or two were circling around Johnson Lake, near Lake Minnewanka, I managed to photograph them in action. These pictures may all show the same raven; I couldn't keep track.

"Johnson Lake" must be one of the least distinctive placenames in Canada. According to the Canadian Geographic Names Database, there are 43 different lakes with that name in Canada, six of them in Alberta.

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