As soon as I got out of the van with my backpack, I was greeted by a friendly magpie who basically followed me as I read the signs along the River Walk. He eventually just stopped in my path, I guess assuming I hadn’t seen him and was ignoring the fact that he wanted my attention (almost like JJ!) I had noticed him and had taken a few shots up until then, when I started getting that weird vibe that I’m being stopped on purpose. Turns out I was: this bird and his mate (seen here) know where to get the proverbial “free lunch” and were hoping I was ‘packing’. I wasn’t but will always have peanuts available in the van in the future!
Two things of interest: these are the first cross-billed birds I’ve photographed and these two were a couple, completely ignoring the THOUSANDS on magpies in the trees overhead. A flock of magpies is quite impressive, with almost random precision in flight and noise like you wouldn’t believe.