maps of raven families Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach, CA
Love animals? Want to know more about them? The Raven Diaries just may
be the most complete privately funded raven project on the planet. And
they're just beginning! Learn the difference between crows and ravens
(it's huge!), find where and how they live. See the many other animals
share territory with. On this page Raven Rick shares a number of short
subject videos he's put together both on You Tube and some extras below,
let you see a little more of the life
this section to
and changing. And if you enjoy maps, you'll find some at the bottom of
Raven Diaries Series Trailer
First - Ok here's the biggy, Ravens and Crows are very different! See
the physical differences on this video.
Ravens Vs. Crows!
See and hear the difference between ravens and crows!
Our Movie Trailers
Rick's spent decades studying these marvelous birds. If
the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the most video shot by
being about ravens, he'd win. But for good reason, Rick says, "no other
animal in all nature that has
more personality". His
go into the details showing you the way
Here's links to our You Tube trailers for some of our movies;
Interesting Raven Behavior!
Ravens seem to be one animal that plays
even into adulthood. Above you'll see two babies
that have only been flying a couple of weeks put on quite a show over about
a half mile.
Scene taken from The Raven Diaries Part 4's Crystal Cove Project.
Below you'll see ravens even play with
things that would like them for lunch.
Rick claims the Raven is without a doubt the most playful animal on the
planet. This dive you'll see is strictly raven and no
a dive for what seems to be fun, pure fun! Others have interpreted
this move as "territorial" but Rick disagrees. He's recorded
both sexes doing it, one right after another. The males tend to do
often and the actual dive is longer and perhaps a bit more robust. But
ravens of most all ages do it, or at least a shortened version of it
and many birds, outside their own territory do this dive, sometimes
young ravens to collect sea glass!
Rick got them to come
down and dig in the sand,
they actually uncovered a number of pieces of sea glass!
A clip from our movie "Bob, Huey & Me" the story of a baby raven
raised to be wild.
This was one of the most difficult shots to re-create in the
movie, getting a wild baby raven
to "play" with a purple pool float.
They don't like "snake" shaped objects!
See how fast baby ravens grow!
When pointing out the baby ravens Rick always get "that's a baby?"
Ravens grow incredibly fast, see them at; 3 days, 8 days, 18 days and
actually flying when they are just 20 days old! Footage taken from the
Raven Diaries Crystal Cove Project Year 3
how fast baby ravens learn to fly!
There's two different sets of kids in this video. The
first has been flying
24 days, the second only 11 days.
ask, "Do you still see Huey?"!
A special visit on a special day.
April 2011 Crystal Cove Update - 4 in the nest
April 2011 Crystal Cove Update on the kids flying skills
at sunset dividing up nesting territory February 2011
There are many ravens in this particular area. In late winter /
early spring they begin
battling to divide up their territory for the next season. Most end up
with the same territory
as last year but some couples change both nesting site and territory.
June 2010 Crystal Cove Update on the kids flying
Some of the animals Ravens share
Rick finds the Osprey as one of the most
strikingly beautiful birds in the sky!
Blue Whales from shore
These were hard to identify at first, we have grays often but this was different!
Blue Heron & friends on the beach in February 2011.
and seabirds on a brilliant March day on the beach in 2011
chicks already! March 2011
Check out the "dive" at the end on the video!
out the nests and watching Grey
Whales from shore
Numerous spouts and little hard to see but if you look close,
a grey whale breaches
Special Feature - Ravens of the
Tour - Zion & Bryce Utah!
Beautiful country, stories and close-ups of jabber box birds.
Tour - Grand Canyon on North Rim!
More beautiful country, stories numerous other animals and the ravens. They closed
into Cape Royal Point so they had this beautiful part of the park
Normally, it's one of the more
places on the North Rim.
Tour - The Grand Canyon's South Rim!
Time with the elk, condor #33, and other animals, and of course more ravens.
Tour - Sedona, Arizona!
Crayfish hunting and screaming baby ravens playing in big white puffy clouds
Listen to a new raven call Rick hadn't heard before! And you'll see why ravens
him so much!
The following videos are not on You Tube and you'll need
a player that plays .mov files.
The Quick Time player is what they use and you can get one for free here:
The Quicktime player from apple.
You can learn a lot by watching somebody when they are eating.
The same goes for ravens!
Watch as this raven passes it's toy from
it's beak, then grabbing and carrying
it in it's claws, then passing it
back to the beak back and forth. It's been said
the raven is the only bird
to do this.
Here's a log of more shorts showing Raven Rick's activity
with the Crystal Cove families and their 2011 broods.
- Moro chicks early this year!
14th - First Moro is out, dolphins go crazy!
14 th Part 2 - First Moro out and playing with sticks. Edgar gives
21st -The Moro's are flying!
A quick log of shorts showing some of Raven Rick's
activity of the Crystal Cove families and their 2010 broods.
Baby raven intro for 2010 broods
Baby raven update 5-3-10
First recorded flight of 2010
Ed & Lenore's
Babs Fly Day 3
Ed & Lenore's
Babs Fly Day 6
Ed & Lenore's
Babs Fly Day 11
Harold & Maude's
kids out 5/23/10
The Moro's Babs Fly Day 4
My Bab's Learnin' To Fly!
Maps of the areas
- Meet my friends!
Rick love maps, and here's a set of maps showing the ravens he's been studying
for the last
six years. Included is a short introduction to each family.
with each family's yearly brood count!
So far kid count has been from 1 to 6 to a brood!
the maps? Free PDF here!
Raven Rick the sea glass guy!