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Three magpies, one male and two females visit our garden three or four times a day for a snack.
They love mince meat (ground beef) and will take it from my hand. The females always take some with them to eat elsewhere. No, they don’t have young ones yet. They also love to have a play in the sprinkler and a re great fun to watch.

The Australian Magpie walks along the ground searching for insects and their larvae. Birds will also take handouts from humans and will often venture into open houses to beg for food.

Although the Australian Magpie is generally quite tame, during the breeding season some individuals become aggressive towards any intruders, including humans, which venture too close to their nest sites.

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  • John Dekker
    John Dekkerover 3 years ago

    Superbly photographed Al, a perfect pose and a nice focus….great work!

  • Thanks very much John. When does the Tassie trip finish???

    – shortshooter-Al

  • grannyshot
    grannyshotover 3 years ago

    Nice shot Al, like the light in his eye!

  • Thanks a lot Linda.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    4 June 2011 – 1 image per day

  • My pleasure Kon. Thank you!

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Splendid picture and well captured. Australia wouldn,t be Australia without these birds, their song always reminds me of your beautifuk country

  • The have the best song ever. Thanks a lot Robert.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ann.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • helmutk
    helmutkover 3 years ago

    Nice capture !

  • Thanks muchly Mate.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 3 years ago

    Nice one Al – lovely capture ..don’t you just love their songs !! – well done !!

  • Thanks a lot Gail. Yes I do.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 3 years ago

    awesome Al.. Magnificent work!!!! :))))

  • Thanks muchly Mate and for the fav too.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 3 years ago


  • I think a lot of people don’t see them. I’m glad you did.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Evita
    Evitaover 3 years ago

    Ohhhh… stunning capture Al… great lighting, excellent details and colours !!! a fave..☺♥

  • Thanks Mate and for the fav too.

    – shortshooter-Al

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