Magpies

Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

A visit with friends at their home in a sclerophyll forest on the Central Coast last Sunday afforded me a chance to photograph an Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen) and its young.

The local magpies and butcher birds (Cracticus torquatus) often visit the house for a minced meat snack. On this day the arrival of the magpies was preceded by the loud bleating of a juvenile.

An Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen) fledgling begs for food

At this stage of its life a young magpie is still learning how to hunt its own food, and frequently pesters its parent to feed it.

Feeding the youngster

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Date: 22 May 2011
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA L 55-300 mm f/4-5.8 ED

Ambient light only.
Conditions: partly cloudy.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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