Chatting to Carmelo the raven

Sheila Crosby holding 'A Breathtaking Window on the Universe' with the telescopes of the Roque de Los Muchachos behind
Me, my book about the observatory, and the telescopes themselves








This morning when I finished work I went up to the Roque itself to relax and admire the view. Helen Loth kindly agreed to take a photo of me with my book and the telescopes.

Sheila holding Carmelo the raven and her book 'The Seer's Stone' at the Roque de Los Muchachos
Me showing Carmelo the raven ‘The Seer’s Stone’ at the Roque











While we were doing that, Carmelo the raven came to say “Hello”. Well no, he really came to see whether I had anything nice to eat. But he stayed to have a look at “The Seer’s Stone”, my anthology of children’s stories, which mentions him.
He’s a Canarian raven (Corvus corax canariensis), which means he’s very clever, but even so, I doubt that he can actually read English.

Sheila holding Carmelo the raven looking at her book 'The Seer's Stone' with the telescopes of teh Roque de Los Muchachos in the background
Look Carmelo, I put you in a book.

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Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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