Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Local Magpies

There seems to have been a bit of an influx of Magpies into our area of late - I often see what I take to be family groups on my morning walks.  Of course, give that I am half asleep at those times I don't tend to have a camera.

So, this Sunday I went on a Magpie safari.   Much as ever, the sight of a grown man sticking a rather large lens out of the window of his car, or balancing it on a bean-bag on top of a fire hydrant, or worse of all, laying flat on his stomach on the nature strip to get pictures did cause a bit of interest.  I say that these people need to get a hobby!

One of the birds seems very pleased to have his (or her) picture taken and I was more than happy to oblige!









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26 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the Magpies! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Either that... or it's "...you looking at me? ... are you looking at ME?..." YAM xx

Rhodesia said...

Interesting the difference in the markings to our magpies. We had one outside our back door yesterday but as soon as I picked up the camera it was gone :-(( Diane

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

These are great. He obviously has never seen before a human getting in the positions you did to capture these images.

Missy George said...

Great shots Stewart..Love the head on photos...they need a little dialog..;)

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) A handsome bird, and great shots. They are different than the Magpies I see here, which don't have so much white on feathers and beak.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

We have a few varieties of blackbirds around here but no magpies. Durn it. They are attractive critters.

Denise inVA said...

Hi Stewart, your photos of the Magpie are impressive. Love the expressive eyes. A beautiful bird!

Fun60 said...

Am I right in thinking they are just as noisy as the ones here in the UK?

Linda W. said...

Nice shots of the magpie! You really captured his expressions well.

Valerie said...

Wonderful captures Stewart - they are a handsome species and don't you just love their warble? (sounds like they are gargling with marbles!!). Thanks for sharing your photos, flexibility and agility. Enjoy your week.

carol l mckenna said...

Magnificent bird who does seem to be 'posing' for you ~ Wonderful photography!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

karenpezzimentiphotography said...

Lovely shots Stewart, Magpies are one of my fave birds.

ladyfi said...

What amazing shots.

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely series of shots of the Magpie

Lea said...

They look very intelligent!
Hope you are having a beautiful week!
Lea

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I think he's mad at the litterbug! A pretty magpie indeed.

Andrea Priebe said...

You can just see the brain churning in this little character. Wouldn't you love to know what he is thinking ... you may be right, he may be thinking you need to get a hobby :) But, after all, he seems to enjoy being in the lime light. Great series ... I love the Magpies. They are ornery little critters and fun to watch.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Silver Parrot said...

Very handsome birds!

Powell River Books said...

My friend Margaret has the nickname Magpie. She's also used that name for her very successful restaurant in Powell River, BC. - Margy

Pat Tillett said...

Oh yeah! That one was all about having it's photo taken.
Great photos Stewart!

Liz said...

I have to admit, I do love Magpies! He seems very happy to be photographed.

Lee said...

I love magpies and you've captured them beautifully here. I have my family of maggies that hang around my cabin...I toss out meat scraps to the birds every afternoon...so I have my regulars who visit me daily...and keep their eyes out for me during the day. They all treat me in return with their melodious songs...the kookas, maggies, butcherbirds and currawongs. It's a win-win situation for both the birds and for me.

Jane of Levant said...

Hello Stewart - lovely shots - that bird is quite a diva - our magpies are nosey too and very full on - best wishes for a good week - Jane UK

Kerry said...

We don't have magpies here in Oregon, but I always like seeing them when we travel. Such striking and resilient birds!

Garry said...

Ah yes, superb photos of my favourite bird. Definitely worth the trouble you've gone to to take them!