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Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography

Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Magpie [Pica pica]

With its noisy chattering, black-and-white plumage and long tail, there is nothing else quite like the magpie in the UK. When seen close-up its black plumage takes on an altogether more colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail. Magpies seem to be jacks of all trades - scavengers, predators and pest-destroyers, their challenging, almost arrogant attitude has won them few friends. Non-breeding birds will gather together in flocks. [RSPB]





47 comments:

  1. Bonito el contraste de color de su plumaje. Bob, buenos disparos,y buena nitidez.

    Saludos.

    Saludos.

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  2. What a great photos of the magpie.
    Lots of detail in the black feathers, perfectly done Bob.
    Greetings Irma

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  3. Lovely portraits Bob, always a difficult bird to photograph with those contrasting colours!...[;o)

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    1. Yes, I was in a hide, well, sort of.

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  4. Pretty. You have such a wonderful breadth of species there 'bouts.

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  5. Excellent captures of this beautiful Magpie.

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    1. The Magpie would have been over the moon with what you said.

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  6. Very striking color in the magpie ,great shots.
    Listened to the song today , haven't heard it in quite a while
    ~ still so profound .
    Great song, moving images in the video .

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  7. U nas sporo ich fruwa i są bardzo krzykliwe, ale ich wygląd podoba mi się. Pozdrawiam.
    Here a lot of them flying around and are very flashy, but they look like it. Yours.

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    1. Lovely to see them flying about Giga.

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  8. His coloring reminds me of that of a penguin.
    He is just gorgeous, Bob.

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  9. They're always so striking in their B&W Tuxedos. They never stay still long enough for good photos around here for me. Excellent shots, Bob!!

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  10. Hi, Bob!
    You are so wonderful!
    I read your profile and gave me a great lesson. But the beauty already there in your heart.
    Some more pictures of breathtaking. This is your poetry!
    thank you for your words.
    A hug my

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    1. Thanks Manuela for having read my profile.

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    1. This one was dressed rather properly, lol.

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  12. Beautiful bird, in formal attire too!

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  13. very handsome, reminds me of our pied butcherbird, more than our magpie

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  14. Hola Bob bellos retratos de esta bella ave a la que muchos fotografos apenas damos atencion y como tu dices tiene un bonito plumaje.Un abrazo

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  15. Excellent shots Bob! Great photos of the magpie!
    We have the same in our area!!
    Dimi..

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    1. Yes, I knew that, in fact, they don't change much all around the world, but they are a little bit difference in South America and Australia.

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  16. Hey beauty you have a really nice blog :) would you like if we follow each other on blog? let me know what do you think ? Regards from Bosnia ♥
    http://obsessionwithfashion.blogspot.com/

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    1. I don't think so. I'm into things that are more natural.

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  17. I am fascinated by how different your magpies are to our magpies and how different both are to those in the US. A sad lack of imagination on the naming stakes. Our black and white stunners swoop people who are too close to their nests in breeding season and have an absolutely enchanting 'gurgle of a call'. And some don't like them either - but I love them.

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  18. Bob, beautiful closeups of the Magpie! They are pretty.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, they are so beautiful.

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  19. den fugl liker jeg svært godt og de er så smarte ! flott!

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  20. Good, tight portraits. I'd love to see a Magpie one day.

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous bird, and the photos!!!

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  22. I have never seen such details of this bird before.
    Looks so beautiful!

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  23. I am intrigued by magpies due to their place in the history of literature :)

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  24. Beautiful pictures of the magpie ..

    Gr Cees

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  25. Oh my goodness!
    That is VERY close for such a suspicious bird!!
    I couldn't dream of getting that close!
    Brilliant portraits, Mr portrait man! LOL!
    Enjoy your evening! :)

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  26. Beautiful portraits of this very handsome magpie! Terrific details!

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  27. Bonito ejemplar -por mi tierra lo llamamos urraca o pega- de este córvido que en mi opinión tiene una notable inteligencia. Un abrazo,

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  28. Bob a hat off to you ... the magpies photos are gorgeous and your work is beautiful.

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  29. This is a very pretty bird and your photos are wonderful Bob! :-)

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