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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-26 4:55
Viewed: 2649
Points: 32
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The European Magpie, also Eurasian Magpie and Common Magpie (Pica pica), is a resident breeding bird throughout Europe, much of Asia and northwest Africa. It is one of several birds in the crow family named as magpies, and belongs to the Holarctic radiation of "monochrome" magpies.

In Europe, "Magpie" is used by English speakers as a synonym for the European Magpie; it is the only magpie in Europe outside the Iberian Peninsula.

According to analysis, magpies do not form the monophyletic group they are traditionally believed to be—a long tail has certainly elongated (or shortened) independently in multiple lineages of corvid birds. Among the traditional magpies, there appear to be two distinct lineages: one consists of Holarctic species with black/white coloration and is probably closely related to crows and Eurasian jays. The other contains several species from South to East Asia with vivid coloration which is predominantly green or blue. The Azure-winged Magpie is a species with a most peculiar distribution and unclear relationships. It may be the single survivor of a long extinct group of corvid genera.

Other research has cast doubt on the taxonomy of the Pica magpies, since it appears that P. hudsonia and P. nuttalli may not be different species, whereas the Korean race of P. pica is genetically very distinct from the other Eurasian (as well as the North American) forms. Either the North American, Korean, and remaining Eurasian forms are accepted as three or four separate species, or there exists only a single species, Pica pica.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-26 5:11]

Hello Marius,

The European Magpie is a real thief, he robs all the small bird here in the area.
Perfect of color sharpness and clarity be superb.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Hello Marius,

very good this shy bird captured.
Exelent pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.
Yes this are an thief and an great one.


Ciao Marius. Good DOF and sharp against the sopft BG.


Fine shot of this interesting bird Marius. The central composition is always controversial but here it works quite well I think. Good detail/colors and sharpness. Bravo!
George Veltchev

hello Marius
great sharpness and good details with nice colours
very good pose
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-26 7:40]

Hello Marius,
excellent close up shot of this European Magpie,very good details presented ,nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS.Best regards Siggi

Hola Marius

Bella composición de esta pequeña Urraca encima de ese tronco. Buen POV y nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Ciao Marius, great capture of wonderful Pica pica in nice pose, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-26 10:20]

Hello Marius,
Nice photo of this Magpie. Exxcellent composition in good sharpness and natural colours. Taken from a very good POV.
Have a great weekend,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-11-26 12:16]

Hello Marius,
A very good capture of this bird,great sharpness and details.TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-26 12:21]

Hello Marius,
The Magpie is a common bird here but difficult to get a good shot of. This is a fine capture in agreat pose and from a fine POV with nice sharpness and colours and a catchlight in the eye.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-26 14:03]

Hi Marius,it seem in pose for a peinture like a model,perfect pic and very good sharpness and colors,the birds love you!!Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

Hi Marius,

A fine capture of this common beauty which stands out well against the smooth sky. The focus looks great, as does the sharpness.
TFS and have a nice night/WE MF!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-27 1:29]

Hello Marius,
wow...what a place this magpie sat. Very well presented from you and the style is so lovely.
nice clarity and supern pose. the BW feathers are really marvellous to look and to appreciate.
simple but exciting composition.


Bonjour Marius,
Très bonne maitrise de la lumière restituant fidèlement des couleurs difficiles à exploiter.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Marius!
Amazing bird. Amazing scene. Ideal background.
Very good point of view and composition. Perfect cut. Superb contrast and sharpness.
Interesting information.
Well done!

bravo, bravissimo Marius, complimenti !

molto bella la foto with a very good definition,

congratulations !

have a good day !

ciao, tino

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