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Crows fishing for their Dinner

Updated on July 30, 2016

Hunting for Fish

Fishing Expedition

I’m no expert on crow behaviour, but what I witnessed was I’m sure an unusual event.

The migrating terns usually call off to do a spot of fishing as they fly past in early summer and then again in late autumn on their return journey from where ever it is they spend the summer.


They belong to the Corvus genus of birds and are common in most areas of the world in one form or another. They are related to the ravens and jackdaws which can be found just about everywhere apart from the polar regions.

Bully boys

We have some resident crows that hang about the lakes bullying the smaller birds and usually live off carrion they find around the place. So it was no surprise to see them harassing the Terns for the fish they were catching.

Gone Fishing

A Tern with a small Roach
A Tern with a small Roach

Intelligent Birds

However, one day I was sure that one of the crows had caught its own supper.

Crows are very intelligent birds and can mimic anything they that see. They are known to use tools, and to be able to make tools for their use. They are now considered to be one of the most intelligent animals in the world, with an intelligence equivalent to some apes.

Lucky Shots

The Tufted Duck has no idea what's going on behind it
The Tufted Duck has no idea what's going on behind it

Canon Camera magic

I usually have my camera handy and I was amazed by the sequence of pictures I took. The bird hovered a moment over the lake and then just as it had seen the terns do it dived in emerging instantly with a fish in its beak. In the sequence, you can see that one of our resident moorhens was not very happy with it taking a fish, and chased it across the water.

Multi shot mode

Using the multi-shot mode i was able to capture the sequence of events.

Crow enjoys his catch.

Enjoying its dinner
Enjoying its dinner


The collective noun is curiously ‘a murder of crows’.

Myths and Legends

They have been included in folklore for millennia, and also by some religions for having certain powers. Witchcraft and spiritualism have also found many uses for the crow. Aesop used them in several of his fables.

West Ashby

Adventure on the high seas

Guilty of Honour
Guilty of Honour

Young Ben Stone is fleeing for his life over the bleak Yorkshire Moors. From being a child, he has been besotted by the local landowner’s daughter Ruth, but after her wicked brother is accidentally killed, Ben fears that he will be blamed. Ruth convinces him he should go on the run; otherwise, her father who is also the local magistrate will probably have him hanged for murder.

Trying to keep out of the way of the law, he runs into a wandering band of thieves. They take him as a prisoner and he is forced to endure a desperate winter in their secret lair. When he does escape their clutches, his fortune changes, and he is taken in by a friendly parson. The parson runs a small orphanage in Cartmel, where Ben recovers his health and spirits.

A brief spell working at a chandler’s shop in Barrow in Furness is rudely interrupted when Ben is pressed into the navy. The year is 1801 and the Royal Navy is desperate for men.

Despite this poor start, Ben takes to life in the navy, and quickly gains promotion. He is set for a promising career, when his past returns to haunt him, in the person of Ruth the landowner’s daughter, who has been married off to the new Governor of Jamaica and needs transporting out to the Caribbean on Ben’s ship. During the voyage, Ruth takes the opportunity to revive Ben’s feelings for her.

When he returns to England, he is confronted by his past and has to face a court-martial over the death of Ruth’s brother. Can he clear his name? What part will Lady Ruth play in his future? Ben is in for many varied adventures before his life is settled.



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      Tony Mead 2 years ago from Yorkshire

      It was a surprise, but it seems that the ones that live around the lake have all managed to go fishing. They still bully smaller birds into dropping their catches too.

      thanks for calling by.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very nice! I never saw a crow go fishing on his own. They are generally very opportunistic.

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      Tony Mead 2 years ago from Yorkshire

      Hi Lee

      hank you for your comment.

      I was amazed to watch this event.

      good luck


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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      Interesting hub, the natural world is amazing, great pictures, thanks for sharing, voted up, Lee