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Australian Magpie Lark

Australian Magpie Lark
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-12-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D610, Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM+1.4xTC
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-12-17 19:52
Viewed: 1294
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At first sight, this species look like a small magpie. However it is commonly called a magpie lark or peewit and is not a magpie.


The magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), also known as the peewee, peewit or mudlark, is a passerine bird native to Australia, Timor and southern New Guinea. The male and female both have black and white plumage, though with different patterns. John Latham described the species in 1801. Long thought to be a member of the mudnest builder family Corcoracidae, it has been reclassified in the family Monarchidae (the monarch flycatchers). Two subspecies are recognized.

The magpie-lark is of small to medium size, reaching 25 to 30 cm (9.8 to 11.8 in) long when fully grown, or about the same size as a European common blackbird, and boldly pied in black and white; the weight range is 63.9 to 118 g (2.25 to 4.16 oz) for males, and 70 to 94.5 g (2.47 to 3.33 oz) for females.[14] The sexes are similar from a distance but easy to tell apart: the female has a white throat, the male a black throat and a white "eyebrow". Juveniles and immatures of either sex have the white throat of the female and the black eyestripe of the male, and a white belly

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-12-18 11:59]

Hi Alan,good capture of this magpie walking,you lost a bit the head details because its position,but still a useful post caught in a different location between the dry grass,well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Alan,
Nice and interesting Lark. The colors are close to Magpie indeed....

Hello Alan

Excellent photo of the Australian Magpie Lark,
taken with a very fine low POV at the level of the bird,
its pose iit is giving expression to the image, TFS


Ciao Alan, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas and Happy new year, ciao Silvio

Hello Alan,

A nice capture of the Magpie Lark with fine details & expression.

Warm Regards,

Hello Alan,
Well captured this Magpie Lark 🐦. I like eye level POV with good details and exposure. Here BG is good too. Good work..
Thanks for sharing your work with us 😊

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