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Friday, May 26, 2017

Photo Share: Ravens of the Tower of London

Jubilee and Munin, Ravens of the Tower of London.[1]
Attribution: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
The results the Wikimedia Commons picture of the year contest was announced and a pair of ravens clearly took center stage. The intriguing image, seen above, features Jubilee and Munin, two of the Tower of London’s six ravens. Jubilee was hatched in Somerset in 2012 and wears a gold band. He was given to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee. Munin was hatched in North Uist in 1995 and wears a light green band. She is the oldest raven at the tower. The photo was taken by Wikimedia volunteer Colin.[2]

The presence of Ravens is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the tower; a superstition holds that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it".

Colin discovered the ravens' antics while on a family excursion to the Tower of London. “These two ravens were posing together on a railing, and I joined with everyone else in taking photos of them. They are big birds, and very intelligent. When I got home, I discovered this photo captured a funny moment where they seemed to be doing a little song and dance routine, with their wings out slightly and one bird talking.”

Sources Wikipedia & Wikimedia Commons:
1. "A Guide to the Tower Ravens" (PDF). Historic Royal Palaces: Tower of London. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
2.  Two ravens’ ‘song and dance routine’ wins picture of the year

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