These birds are Magpies from the UK. Many birds have this name, but this one is Pica pica - the only crow in the UK that is not basically back or grey.
These shots were taken last year on Hampstead Heath on the first day of a wonderful month back in the UK. These distinct, clever and noisy birds were constant companions of mine as a kid and it was nice to see them again so soon after getting off the plane.
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