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Photographer: © Mark Rutley (Gallery)(14th May 2013)
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Tower of London Raven

Legend says that the Kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident Ravens ever leave the fortress. It was Charles II according to the stories, who first insisted that the Ravens of the Tower be protected. This was against the wishes of his astronomer John Flamsteed who complained that the Ravens impeded the business of his observatory in the White Tower. Despite their having one wing trimmed, some Ravens do in fact go absent without leave and others have had to be sacked. Raven 'George' was dismissed for eating television aerials and Raven 'Grog' was last seen outside an East End pub!

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Camera Make: Canon Model: Canon EOS 7D
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority, Focal length: 72 mm, Aperture: f 5.6, ISO: 400, Exposure time: 1/60 sec, Metering Mode: Partial, Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Date/Time Creation: May 11, 2013, 10:30 am
ImageID:1174830, Image size: 1000 x 667 pixels

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Comment by cathyml(15th May 2013)

Thanks so much for the narrative, that is so interesting! You really got close up to that raven!

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Comment by Mike Freeman(15th May 2013)

Good close up Mark

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Comment by Emanuele Ghisi(15th May 2013)

Is this one of the Ravens of the legend?

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Comment by Bernd Fischer(15th May 2013)

I have full sympathy with the one , who made off to the Pub !

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Comment by Rod BurkeyPremier Member! Click for more info..(15th May 2013)

A great picture, made all the better by the narrative. Thanks for taking the time and trouble.

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Comment by rustyruth(15th May 2013)

Great picture Mark.

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Comment by Mark Rutley (Photo owner)(15th May 2013)

Thanks everyone will catch up with you all soon...

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Comment by Mark Rutley (Photo owner)(15th May 2013)

Hi Emanuele it is indeed. Thanks for the views and comments.

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Comment by Vince Hawthorn(15th May 2013)

Superb pic of the raven, he seems to have his eye on you. Plenty info and with a dash of humour- well done.

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Comment by David SwannPremier Member! Click for more info..(16th May 2013)

A well taken picture with a defocussed background

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Comment by Mark Rutley (Photo owner)(16th May 2013)

Thanks Vince and David.

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Comment by Martin Humphreys(17th May 2013)

Nice & interesting set images Mark

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Comment by Mark Rutley (Photo owner)(18th May 2013)

Thanks very much Martin.

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