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Berthoud, Colorado

The Black-Billed Magpie (Pica pica), so striking in appearence, always provokes some kind of comment. I find it hard to believe that this is a song-bird but it is in the group. Boldly marked in black and white, its plumage glimmers with blue, green, and purple in the strong light. Magpies are somewhat wary of humans but frequently live close to people in urban and suburban areas, exploiting trash and other available food. Magpies prefer open country with trees for nesting. Their large, domed stick nests are easily seen in trees, especially in the winter.

I once had a magpie try building its nest above the barn door on a very narrow inside ledge. There was an accumulation of mud and sticks on the ground at the opening. After much effort the magpie decided his efforts were futile. Magpies live throughout the state year-round.

Olympus E-520 Zuiko Lens 70 – 300MM

Featured in ‘The World As We See It , or as we missed it.’ – March 2010

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Wonderful detailed capture Barbara, and interesting documentation, we have them here but they are so timid, I have not been able to get to close for a decent capture

  • Thanks Larry,
    Most of my ‘bird’ photos are taken through the kitchen windows, two panes of glass (storm and regular). The Magpies are timid. I don’t think I could get close enough to them either.

    – Barb Miller

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 4 years ago

    beautifully captured!

  • Thanks Dave and Trina.
    Are both of you camera buffs? I have to check out your RB.

    – Barb Miller

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 4 years ago

    we try to be… david is more then I am, but we both have a passion for photography!

  • It’s nice when you both have the same passion. The moms, I think have more home chores. LOL

    – Barb Miller

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture!

  • Thanks Trish, we have these black and white Magpies year ’round.
    Barb

    – Barb Miller

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...over 4 years ago

    Thank you for submitting your work to the All Naturally BLACK/ WHITE, DUO and CONTRAST BLACK / WHITE we look forward to seeing more of your fabulous images

  • My pleasure Pamela. Barb

    – Barb Miller

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thanks Cee, always my pleasure. Barb

    – Barb Miller

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