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The Australian Magpie

The Australian Magpie
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-11-26
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-12-29 10:36
Viewed: 1941
Points: 16
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This is a shot of the Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen). I did my utmost to take a decent shot of this beautiful bird which sings beautifully but somehow I failed miserably. It is a sort of pest as well and follows people for food all the time. I spotted this bird in Canberra, the capital city of Australia while we were there to visit the Pakistani High Commission on 4-Perth Ave. It was a bright sunny day, for it was summer in Australia and the summer sun was very harsh as is evident from the light and shade in the shot. I followed this bird while the bird followed a man with food.I have corrected the image, have tried to adjust sharpness and contrasts and here it is.

The Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen) is a medium-sized black and white passerine bird native to Australia and southern New Guinea. Although once considered to be three separate species, it is now considered to be one, with nine recognised subspecies. A member of the Artamidae, the Australian magpie is classified in the butcherbird genus Cracticus and is most closely related to the black butcherbird (C. quoyi). It is not, however, related to the European magpie, which is a corvid. The adult Australian magpie is a fairly robust bird ranging from 37 to 43 cm (14.517 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. It is omnivorous, with the bulk of its varied diet made up of invertebrates. It is generally sedentary and territorial throughout its range. Common and widespread, it has adapted well to human habitation and is a familiar bird of parks, gardens and farmland in Australia and New Guinea. This species is commonly fed by households around the country, but in spring a small minority of breeding magpies (almost always males) become aggressive and swoop and attack those who approach their nests.(Wikipedia).

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-12-29 12:16]

Hi Syed,a beautiful and elegant pose,very nice capture of this magpie in a very hard light so well exposed,excellent sharpness too despite the distance.Happy new year and thanks for share,Luciano

Ciao Abis, lovely bird in nice pose, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Syed,
Excellent catch in the right place at the right time....Splendid clarity and razor sharp details. You do a great job and it was a brilliant idea to take that shoot from a very low POV.....

Hi, Syed. Happy New Year,hope you are doing fine.Good exposure in spite of the harsh lighting. Nice clarity with splendid colors and very elegant pose. Thanks for sharing.

Lovely capture.

Very nice capture Syed.

Thanks for sharing.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-12-30 19:05]

Hello Abid,
A new bird for me and one which appears to be fairly large. Reminds me of our crows except for the white intermingled markings. Not a bad shot considering the harsh sunlight you had to deal with, I'm sure you will nail it next time. TFS.
"Happy New Year"

Hello Hussain Sahaab,

I thought it's a Crow! Nice presentation.....
Wish you have a nice a prosperous new year 2016,

Hello Abid

In a harsh difficult light an excellent photo of the Australian magpie, fine low POV
being at the level of the bird and giving another perspective to the image, TFS


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