As someone who has seen and heard lots of all three, eagles, ravens and wolves, I always find it fascinating to hear them in real life and how they sound completely different in cinema.Ravens and eagles both seem to exist in the "social animal" category along with humans and wolves.
Sure, wolves howl when they’re trying to gather from distance, but it changes to a more abrupt yipping sound that people tend to associate with coyotes as they get closer together, and then suddenly, silence.
Ravens too, caw at times, but if you only see them on tv then you’d think that was the only sound they were capable of. Contrarily, they often make baby-like gibberish sounds, as well as an endless array of vocalizations, including one of my personal favorites, the giant drop-of-water sound.
Then there’s my favorite raven story, which I read about at the library on Prince of Wales Island regarding the naming of Klawock, and how it came to be after the Tlingkits noticed that the ravens there made an uncommon cry; klawock.
Ridiculous! was my first thought, but a few days later in a bike ride in Klawock I heard it. Klawock………..klawok……..klawock.
A couple of decades later, after having paid close attention to ravens the entire time and over wide ranging exposure to ravens, I have never yet heard them make that sound any where else. Not even in the Prince of Wales communities of Hydaburg, Hollis, Coffman Cove or Craig. But they do in Klawock.
Eagles however, totally different. Anyone that has ever seen eagles on tv thinks that they scream. Never, ever, ever have I heard eagles accurately voiced in common media. The fake scream heard on tv is totally inferior to the actual chittering sound that they make and that I love so much.
All raven fans should try to go to Prince of Wales Island someday and hear the ravens in and around Klawock, and at the same time see some of the least shy eagles of anywhere else I’ve ever seen them, inclusive of the rest of Alaska.