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Pica pica

Pica pica
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-05 7:23
Viewed: 3327
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Magpie with its immaculate black and white plumage and green and blue gloss, is an unmistakable bird. In flight it can be easily distinguished by its long-tailed profile.According to folklore, Magpies gather to stage 'parliaments' in which a group of birds apparently 'decides' to expel one or more of the birds in their group. More likely this is the apparent outcome of one Magpie trying to muscle in to an area which is at the edge of the territories of several pairs. All the territory holders will move to defend their bit of land, so they seem to cluster around the intruder until eventually it is chased off. Birds which don't hold a territory often roost communally in winter when flocks of up to 200 may be seen, especially towards dusk.
In Europe, "magpie" is often used by English speakers as a synonym for the European Magpie, as there are no other magpies in Europe outside Iberia. That bird was referred to as a "pie" until the late 16th century when the feminine name "Mag" was added to the beginning.
The European Magpie is the only non-mammal known to be able to recognise itself in a mirror.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-05 7:53]

Hello Pawel,
A nice early spring capture of a magpie calling among the willow buds. The magpie has closed his eye membrane while calling. Nice lighting, sharpness and composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Bonito conjunto y acertados contrastes. En España es abundante, muy abundante ... una plaga diría yo, pero sigue estando protegida. Hace varias décadas, se daban recompensas por su exterminio !!

Saludos Pawel: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Suzy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 16] (101)
  • [2009-03-06 20:47]

nice photo and amazing sharpness and details, beautiful composition and capture...

tfs Pawel

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-08 5:51]

Hi Pawel.
This cute bird is in my wish list. You have captured it among very attractive branches. Nice spring shot with superb exposure, DOF and details. My compliments and TFS.

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