Ravens & crows again. Final!!

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Subject: Ravens & crows again. Final!!
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 10:11:48 +1000
Oh dear, John, perhaps a little trivia will cheer you up.  I know you enjoy that sort of thing.
Enclosed is a picture of 2 N American birds, an American ('Eastern') Crow and a Fish Crow.  The title is "THE PORTENTOUS RAVEN SHARES EXTREME CUNNING WITH THE COMMON CROW" (because a raven picture (omitted) was on the same page).   The picture is from a 1937 edition of 'The Book of Birds'.  This might well have been the book that won World War 2.  According to Stephen Moss in "A Bird in the Bush:  a social history of birdwatching", the British C-in-C Lord Alanbrooke, notoriously keen on his birds, was unable to get a copy until General Eisenhower found one and flew it across the Atlantic for him, and this enormously improved relations between the two important men.  You may notice that, coincidentally, the painting is by 'Allan Brookes' who had no other connection with Lord Alanbrooke, but according to Roger Tory Peterson was a retired Canadian army major who developed a method of painting birds using transparent watercolour touched up with tempera or opaque white or gouache.  However, Peterson complained that Brooks 'often gave small birds an unnatural fullness at the nape of the neck'. 
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