Tuesday, 7 February 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Magpie Lark



Another short post today – life is not entirely going to plan at present.

This is a Magpie Lark – which if you have read many of my posts you will not be surprised to learn is neither a Magpie nor a Lark. They have a strange grating call and wild staring eyes – this one was chasing the tiny flies you can just see in the picture.

They are reasonably common, but it’s taken me a while to get a half decent picture of one.

You can find more birds from around the world at the sensibly named World Bird Wednesday.

You can find my most recent post to my other blog by clicking on the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of the screen.


Enjoy the birds.

19 comments:

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

These birds are amazing and so beautiful, thanks for sharing with us!!
Have a great week Stewart
cvb

TexWisGirl said...

remarkable looking bird! :)

Gary said...

Yes the eyes are a bit demented looking!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Andrew Fulton said...

Another newbie for me Stewart.. many thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd said...

I think all your birds would be newbies for me, great shot and a pretty bird.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Marked like a pinto pony or holstein cow. I like it.

mick said...

You didn't mention how noisy and demanding the juveniles are - nor that one pair can raise more than one brood per year! You can't miss them in my yard!! Great photos.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Unusual markings for such a beautiful bird! Thank you for sharing.

Al said...

A nice bird and good shots, I don't know if I've ever seen one of these before.

Nadege, said...

I like these birds. Great captures.

Carole M. said...

Hi Stewart, the Magpie-Lark (I know them around here as the Pee-Wee, strange it may seem but true, to all our o/seas birders :)) They always look so pristine too.

heyBJK said...

Beautiful black and white pattern! It's funny that it's called a Magpie Lark, but it's neither.

holdingmoments said...

A fine looking bird Stewart.

Springman said...

Hey Stewart, Here's hoping your life calms and you can devote more of your free time to us, your fans!
It seems genetics has thrown many of our assumptions under the bus. If a Magpie lark is neither a magpie or a lark where does that leave us? Is our house of knowledge built upon sand? And to think the stupid bird doesn't even care!

NixBlog said...

Great shots, Stewart!
PS: Underground car park at Melbourne Uni with the atlantes in a future post!

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful captures of this beautiful bird.

Sallie (FullTiime-Life) said...

He does look somewhat like the magpie we have seen in eastern Oregon and Washington so I guess I can see where they got the name.

Hope the "not according to plan" is nothing ominous.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are Great!

Liz said...

Great shots of the Magpie Lark! Their markings are rather lovely. I posted on them possibly on one of my first link ups on WBW.