In 1945, Tyrrell wrote "The young, when hatched or only a day or two old, are not things of joy and beauty. In fact, they reminded us of grotesque gargoyles." I suppose it's true that raven nestlings are not quite as regal as their parents — it takes a few weeks until they're fully feathered. But look at that mouth! I was impressed with both the width and the color. Even without an adult nearby, these chicks were reaching around with their bills wide open, waiting for a delivery of food.
I'm guessing these raven nestlings are about 2 weeks old. (They'll leave the nest after 5-7 weeks.) They were photographed on Bodega Head on 25 June 2015. I was far away from this nest, but cropped the picture later to view the number and condition of the nestlings. How many can you find?