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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 1600, Canon EF 1.4x Extender II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-22 7:25
Viewed: 4093
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Magpie stuffing himself at my backyard. Usually this ends when he is attacked by his Magpie mates.

From Birdguides:

Magpie (Pica pica)

In: Common Magpie Ca: Garsa Da: Husskade De: Elster Es: Urraca Fi: harakka Fr: Pie bavarde It: Gazza Nl: Ekster No: Skjśre Pt: Pega-rabuda Sv: Skata US: Black-billed Magpie Ru: Сорока

The Magpie with its immaculate black and white plumage and green and blue gloss, is an unmistakable bird. In flight it can be easily distinguished by its long-tailed profile.

Breeds and winters in open areas with trees or bushes, in woods, parks, gardens and hedgerows.

According to folklore, Magpies gather to stage 'parliaments' in which a group of birds apparently 'decides' to expel one or more of the birds in their group. More likely this is the apparent outcome of one Magpie trying to muscle in to an area which is at the edge of the territories of several pairs. All the territory holders will move to defend their bit of land, so they seem to cluster around the intruder until eventually it is chased off. Birds which don't hold a territory often roost communally in winter when flocks of up to 200 may be seen, especially towards dusk.

A mainly sedentary bird.

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Hi Pekka,
Excellent portrait of this beautiful Pica pica, amazing and stolen species, very well composed.
TFS and best regards.

hello Pekka

excellent portrait photography of the Magpie,
with excellent sharpness and details of his
dark plumage and dark eye, TFS


HI Pekka,
this moment is lovey - he can't get enough?!?
So sharp, so beautiful, very good shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-22 8:50]

Hej Pekka,
This is really well-timed showing the Magpie with its beak full of goodies! We've several coming to our garden and they are greedy but at the same time very intelligent and alert. As soon as you appear they fly off, so you did very well in capturing this one! Excellent sharp details and nice colours. I think we can se your house in the eye!! Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-22 9:49]

Hello Pekka,
Great portrait of this Magpie. Very nice moment. Good sharp focus and beautiful colours. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

nice capture, TFS Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-22 10:59]

Hello Pekka,
Excellent shot of a magpie.The beak fully with food is unique. Good composition and very good focusing.Great details.TFS
Best regards siggi

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-22 11:45]

Hi Pekka
That is one GREEDY looking bird! Amusing moment though, well caught by you, some good detail in that black plumage too.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-22 12:05]

Hi Pekka,

A fantastic capture of this Magpie with his mouth stuffed. Great timing to get this! The eye is shining through his black face and is beautiful. Wonderful blacks and fine details of this bird I have only seen one while visiting my kids in Colorado. This is one of those unforgettable shots.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-22 16:59]

Nice portrait. I like the red berries with the black bird. Gary

Great portrait Pekka..and that's a mouthful :)
Good detail, POV, and framing, and I like the BG here.
It must've been really dark for you to go as high as ISO 1600 & 1/40th.
Well done,

Hi Pekka,
A nice captured portrait of this greedy magpie. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2009-01-23 5:45]

Hi Pekka,
fantastic shot! great character about him with his mouth full. It looks like he's picked smallest to largest heheh. Great capture. well done and tfs

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-25 9:33]

Hello Pekka,
A fine close-up of a magpie with his bill propped up with nuts. The POV, sharpness, lighting and composition of this head-and-neck capture are excellent.
TFS and thanks for your kind critique on my 500th posting!
Best wishes,

Ciao Perkka, splendid eating pose for this beautiful portrait, fantastic details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Pekka, Great shot with the reflection in the eye. I assume that is your house in the reflection.

Great focus and detail on the eye area.


Oh... What a shot.

Hello Pekka ,
Strange and funny photo ,
also behavioural document.

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