Magpie by Kris Montgomery

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Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300@300mm, f5.6, 1/180, ISO 160
Magpie photographed in Cheetham Wetlands, Altona Meadows, Victoria, Australia

The Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) is a medium-sized black and white passerine bird native to Australia and southern New Guinea. A member of the Cracticidae, it is closely related to the butcherbirds. The adult Australian Magpie is a fairly robust bird ranging from 37 to 43 cm (14.5–17 in) in length, with distinctive black and white plumage, gold brown eyes and a solid wedge-shaped bluish-white and black bill. The male and female are similar in appearance, and can be distinguished by differences in back markings. With its long legs, the Australian Magpie walks rather than waddles or hops and spends much time on the ground. Described as one of Australia’s most accomplished songbirds, the Australian Magpie has an array of complex vocalisations [I even knew a talking Magpie for a while, many years ago.]

Spring in Australia is magpie season, when a small minority of breeding magpies (almost always males) around the country become aggressive and swoop and attack those who approach their nests, especially bike riders [including me lol.]

This species is commonly fed by households around the country and is the mascot of several Australian sporting teams [including Collingwood, yuck – but I won’t hold that against magpies, I still like them :D ]


  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinalealmost 3 years ago

    I thought this was a painting. Nice processing of this darling bird.

  • Trust me Ree, if I’d painted it, it wouldn’t look anything like a magpie! LOL
    Thanks darl xx

    – Kris Montgomery

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Kris.

  • Thanks Colin for your comment & fave :)

    – Kris Montgomery

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertalmost 3 years ago

    I like the way the Magpie stands out in this work because of the lighting up of the rest of the image….:)

  • Thanks very much T x

    – Kris Montgomery

  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberalmost 3 years ago

    Interesting illustrative treatment, Kris.

  • Thanks Susana :)

    – Kris Montgomery

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camillerialmost 3 years ago

    lovely soft tones, great image!

  • Thanks Karen :)

    – Kris Montgomery

  • Cheers Karen :)

    – Kris Montgomery

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAalmost 3 years ago

    Superb editing on a gorgeous portrait, Kris!!!

  • Thanks very much Phil, really glad you like it. Quite the learning process doing this one :)

    – Kris Montgomery

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 3 years ago

    Great Shot Kris! cheers Roy

  • Thanks a million Roy :)

    – Kris Montgomery

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisalmost 3 years ago

    Kris,,,this is an outstanding presentation of the Magpie,,,great job.


  • Many thanks Rick, glad you like it :)

    – Kris Montgomery

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture and treatment, Kris.

  • Thanks very much Aaron :)

    – Kris Montgomery

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 3 years ago

    superb work Kris!

  • Thanks very much Charmiene :)

    – Kris Montgomery

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