Taken through my living room window with my new Great Big Lens
Read all about the Australian magpie, a beautiful engaging bird with one of the best songs in the world. Australians are all familiar with the warbling and carolling of magpies in cities and countryside. These birds frequently interact with people, becoming accustomed to being fed, but also in vigorously defending their breeding sites with aggressive swooping. I’ve found that the magpies which know me (there are three distinct families living near my house, with overlapping territories) never swoop me, even if I were to get really close to one of their babies. A few years ago a baby fell out of the nest and I took close-up photos of it while its mother stalked anxiously in the background – but she tolerated me without any sign of aggression.
I have hand-raised three baby magpies and they are absolutely entrancing. I have several photos of one magpie eating out of the cats’ bowl, wedged in among the four cats, and another old pic of one of them sleeping on top of the cat! There are lots of stories of peoples’ pet magpies – how they would be dressed up in dolls’ clothes and wheeled about in a pram … how they will learn to mimic their owners and even speak understandable words … one of mine would stalk the cat around a couch and double back, meet the cat head-on, swiftly pull one of its whiskers out and fly cackling up onto the curtain rail.
Anyone who has ever had a magpie friend will never forget them!
Canon EOS 400D, Canon 400mm lens, 1/1250th, f/5.6, ISO 800, hand-held.