We have a family of five magpies visit our garden. The parents and three young ones. Naturally this is one of them. They leave no doubt that Mum and Dad are the boss. They were mooching treats when Dad, or Mum, went whack with his beak and told this one to back off. It laid like this for a few minutes untill it got permission to get up. They are a joy to watch.


magpies, wildlife, birds


  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 2 years ago

    Nice shot buddy! The poor little thing! Hehhehee!

  • Thanks Mate!. I can tell that you are very sympathetic. LOL.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    That’s such a funny story…I’m just glad it was not a dead bird you photograph…lol…so he learned a discipline…must have been dizzy for a few minutes…

  • Hi Lorraine! The young ones definitely know who’s Boss. Thanks for looking Mate.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 2 years ago

    What a cute capture,the pecking order is very obvious with magpies and the dominant members like to enforce it!!

  • Hi Lance! You got that right. LOL. Thanks Mate.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    This is remarkable ~ never saw this behavior in any bird, but knowing how quick & savvy Magpies are, it doesn’t surprise me. Ah, a life lesson. And a beautiful bird into the bargain. Great catch, Al.

  • Thanks for the great comment Sheila.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    Al, that’s amazing ! They really are such demanding young birds aren’t they. I haven’t seen that kind of behaviour from a parent bird around here though, maybe they are more tolerant …..

  • They are interesting to watch Trish. Maybe they have to be kept in line when there are three of them.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 2 years ago

    Yarp Sympathetic is my middle name! LOL! How are ya today, I’m having a break from everyone today, the house is quiet and I should be doing more housework but hey, it’s RB time with my cuppa and toast! LOL!

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 2 years ago

    I had no idea they disciplined like this Al. Wow. wonderful capture and info. :>)) Leslie

  • I don’t know if they all do Leslie, maybe just these ones. LOL. Thanks for looking Mate. xox

    – shortshooter-Al

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 2 years ago

    Wow,…Al,….I though he was dead,…..That`s amazing,…Great shot,…

  • It looks dead doesn’t it. LOL. Thanks Mate.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • vigor
    vigorover 2 years ago

    Obviously listen better than many children!

  • LOL. You got that right Viv. Thanks for looking Mate.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Great capture Al !!! ☺♥

  • Thank you kindly Evita. xox

    – shortshooter-Al

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