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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2015 at 05:28    Image of day on 13 Aug 2015

The juvenile Magpie has not even finished landing and he is demanding food from a parent out of crop to the right.

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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2016 at 05:29    Image of day on 12 Aug 2016

Half an hour after sunrise this Magpie is already out and about with wings and tail looking like a geometric puzzle.

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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2010 at 18:03    Image of day on 08 Sep 2010

Change over at the tree-stump - the arriving magpie has his claws rather more threatening than needed for just a landing. The iridescent green sheen on the tail feathers is an optical interference effect (real - not a photographic effect).

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Image Taken on 11 Mar 2021 at 08:16    Image of day on 12 Apr 2021

Magpies glue their nests together with mud - another beakful in transit.

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Image Taken on 18 Feb 2013 at 07:46    Image of day on 24 Mar 2013

A magpie caught at the moment of landing with the wing feathers and tail catching the flashlight very attractively

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Image Taken on 03 Nov 2021 at 15:04    Image of day on 13 Dec 2021

The markings on Magpies are a wonder.
The Black/wide divide on the wings runs diagonally across the feathers, and the tips of the primaries (the main flight feathers) are tipped with Grey.
And we can't even see the back and tail in this landing.

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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2021 at 06:50    Image of day on 29 Aug 2021

A Magpie makes an early morning landing lit by the sun behind. We think that the brown feathers are backlit, while the white primaries are catching the sun directly.

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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2020 at 10:33    Image of day on 20 Jul 2020

We don't remember seeing a Magpie with prey in its claws before, but this one is streaked with fresh blood from some small bird (prey's claws pointing upwards).

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Image Taken on 17 Mar 2021 at 13:30    Image of day on 12 Apr 2021

Magpies are building several nests around the site

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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2016 at 11:42    Image of day on 26 Aug 2016

A magpie providing a good show of feathers as it lands on the kitchen window perch.

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Image Taken on 07 Oct 2017 at 16:17    Image of day on 13 Nov 2017

The bird on the left is suggestive of a juvenile, but without any real evidence. The bird on the right is just about to land. We have no idea what followed.

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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2017 at 09:53    Image of day on 24 May 2017

A Magpie landing on the tree-stump provides a detailed view of the black/grey edges to the flight feathers.

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Image Taken on 22 Dec 2018 at 14:14    Image of day on 28 Jan 2019

A Magpie making a dynamic landing on the tree-stump.

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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2017 at 16:02    Image of day on 19 Jun 2017

Isn't Magpie plumage just wonderful? Primary (flight) feathers outlined in black and sharp white-black transition lined up diagonally across sequences of feathers

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2015 at 20:23    Image of day on 23 Sep 2015

A glorious show of feather colour as the young Magpie misjudges his landing spot and probably fell off the front and went round to try again or go somewhere else.

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Image Taken on 22 Feb 2017 at 13:19    Image of day on 03 Apr 2017

Most of the really vivid colours in nature derive from the effects of iridescence an interaction between fine structure and the wavelength of light and vary widely according to the lighting, subject and viewer angles.
This chaotic image shows an incredibly bright iridescent Magpie tail.
We haven't altered the brightness or colour at all.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2016 at 05:02    Image of day on 12 Aug 2016

At sunrise a juvenile Magpie arrives for his pick of the invertebrates hidden under the clover.

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Image Taken on 05 Dec 2012 at 09:02    Image of day on 31 Dec 2012

We think the Magpie on the right is just landing. The lack of reaction from the bird on the left suggests that this might be a 'pair' waiting for Spring!

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Image Taken on 29 May 2006 at 18:07    Image of day on 14 Jun 2006

We never tire of Mallard Drakes in Flight. He will soon be moulting and losing those lovely colours until Autumn.

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Image Taken on 16 Apr 2020 at 17:53    Image of day on 06 May 2020

A triplet of Mallard ducks - the 'standard' 1 female and 2 males spent several minutes circling the area.
Unexpectedly they decided to touch down in the margin of the field to our east. Here the female is at the left, with one male about to land and the other doing a rather inelegant bellyflop. Mallard ducks are not very good at landing on solid ground but 'any landing you can walk away from is good'.

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