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Punk's Not Dead

Punk's Not Dead
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-31 4:35
Viewed: 3215
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I simply love magpies. They are really anarchists in birds' world. Prying, little insolent, disobedient. Yesterday I was sitting in the Botanical Garden when this one came. She didn't afraid me at all. Came closer and closer and finally tried to teared off parts of my jacket! [Look at my workshop]. That was really amazing.

Some 'technicall' informations taken from http://www.enature.com/fieldguide/:

Description 17 1/2 -22" (44-56 cm). Large black and white bird with long tail and dark bill. Bill, head, breast, and underparts black, with green iridescence on wings and tail. White belly and shoulders; white primaries conspicuous as white wing patches in flight. Formerly known as Black-billed Magpie.

Habitat Open woodlands, savannas, brush-covered country, streamside growth.

Nesting 6-9 blotched greenish eggs in a neat cup nest within a large, bulky, domed structure of strong, often thorny twigs, with a double entrance, in a tree or bush.

Voice A rapid, nasal mag? mag? mag? or yak yak yak.

Range Resident from Alaska and western Canada south to east-central California and east to Great Plains. Also in Eurasia.

Discussion Magpies generally nest individually but can sometimes be found in loose colonies; they are social when feeding or after the breeding season. Since the most important items in their diet seem to be insects and small rodents, they are more beneficial than destructive to agriculture. In captivity a magpie may be trained to imitate the human voice. These birds frequently associate with cattle and sheep, perching on their backs and picking off ticks and maggots. Those living in western rangeland appear shy of humans, but their behavior in the Old World is very different. In northern Finland magpies live in the middle of settlements and place their nests low.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-31 6:46]
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This is a great shot. These guys are difficult to capture, especially in the sun as there colors are on the two extremes of the range. You did really well in balancing your exposure.

Thanks for posting

Grzegorz, I would agree with Japie that this is a difficult shot with the two extremes handled well.. You gave an excellent note on the magpie but I don't have any shooting info. to access the shot further. I can say that if you were close enough for fill-flash it might've helped to illuminate the birds head & chest better. Thanx for posting!!

Very nice picture Grzegorz.
The Magpie is a very common bird in Sweden.It lives close to the people.If the magpie built a nest in your garden that brings luck.
Nice colours and good sharpness.
Good note too.
Well done.

The difficulty to capture these "anarchists", as you say (very good definition) makes your shot interesting. In the nature, they always remain at a security distance, so, you were lucky to find a more civilized one here. Your story is amazing. Kind of dream situation bird lovers expect to happen one day. I guess keeping a legible contrast was not easy, but you come out with a very nice photo.

haha, it sure isn't dead, the bird shows us!
good shot, nice composition and colours.
well done!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-31 9:26]

Nice picture, Grzegorz. She look like our 'corneilles' in Canada. I like the jacquet's episode too :). Good work!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-31 11:14]

Great title and a great shot too!
The contrasts are difficult but you've managed them well.
Nice detail and very good DoF.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-31 12:52]

Grzegorz, I think you have done a very good job here on this black and white exposure nightmare. Well done, great note too.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-31 14:25]

The other guys have said it all. I lovw birds, and those with attitude even better. I would crop on the left, this will place the subject more on a strong node, and rotate 180. Then you will look over the empty space and the eye lock on his eye, making a much more striking picture!

Nice portrait Grezgorz.I like Magpies too,(and The Exploited...I'm an old Punk from way back...class of 77).They are considered pests here in New Zealand.(But then so am I).Good one.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2004-11-24 11:52]

I can tell you, you are lucky to take a picture of this bird. My self I try almost every day but without succes. I think yours was maybe a semi domesticated one. Any way good image and the W/S too.

Very nice picture. Interesting title. You can always join a funny title with a photo. Good work!

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