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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-07 7:28
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Points: 44
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The European Magpie, Eurasian Magpie, or 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.

The European Magpie is one of the most intelligent birds, and it is believed to be one of the most intelligent of all animals. The expansion of its neostriatum is approximately the same in its relative size as is found in chimpanzees, orangutans and humans.

The European Magpie is 44–46 centimetres (17–18 in) in length - in the adult over 50% of this is tail - and a wingspan of 52–62 centimetres (20–24 in).[3] Its head, neck and breast are glossy black with a metallic green and violet sheen; the belly and scapulars (shoulder feathers) are pure white; the wings are black glossed with green or purple, and the primaries have white inner webs, conspicuous when the wing is open. The graduated tail is black, shot with bronze-green and other iridescent colours. The legs and bill are black.

Magpies have been observed engaging in elaborate social rituals, possibly including the expression of grief. Mirror self-recognition has been demonstrated in European magpies. The magpie is thus one of a small number of species, and the only non-mammal, known to possess this capability. The cognitive abilities of the European Magpie are taken as evidence that intelligence evolved independently in both corvids/crows and primates. This is indicated by feats such as tool use, their ability to hide and store food across seasons, episodic-like memory, and the ability to use one's own experience in predicting the behavior of conspecifics. Various behaviours have been observed that indicate intelligence.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15609] (65297)
  • [2012-03-07 7:50]

Hi Marius,magnificent capture from an interesting and different pov,super sharpness and great light balance for the best white,very artistic pose too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-07 8:20]

Hello Marius,
Excellent photo of this dirty Magpie in good sharpness and beautiful colours. Taken from a very good POV with a nice blurred background.

Buna Marius,
Este o captura excelenta aceasta speciei!Ptr.mine nu prea am avut norocul sa prind asa de aproape.Este o prezentare excelenta a speciei.Faina prezentare!

Hi Marius,
nice photo of this bird. Excellent colours. Very good depth of field. Perfect composition,
thanks for sharing

hello Marius
super good sharpness composition
very good light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Marius,
Fantastic shot, lovely bird
Great POV and composition, Wonderful colors, very sharp
and well focused.

Ciao Marius. The best DOF as possible. Excellent details, amazing light.


Marvelous capture of this Common Magpie with superb lighting where both the highlights and the shadows has been captured on the edge ...the way it should be ...I think! Good evening friend Marius! Hope you are fine!
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-07 12:27]

Hello Marius,
very nice capture of this European Magpie, very sharp details and great exposure.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful lighting BG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-07 12:58]

Hello Marius,
another splendid image with fantastic sharpness and beautiful lightness; great POV and perfect contrast with a blurred background. A beauty!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Marius,
beautiful pictures of Pica pica, great POV and good sharpness.
compliments and thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

Beautiful photo of this very shy bird Marius! Very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-03-08 1:10]

Buna Marius,
Imi place nespus de mult imaginea de azi pentru ca imi da senzatia de ''real'' ! fara fasoane si artificii ! Superb !

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-08 1:17]

Bonjour Marius,
Not easy to make a good shot of these black and white birds in the sun. You did well as usual. I especially like your framing. We have too quite a lot of these loud Pica Pica around.
Have a nice day
Kind regards

Hello Marius
Great capture of this interesting bird.Great POV and pose.Wonderful natural colors,great sharpness and light.
Thank You.
Best regards

Very impressive perspective on this Magpie, Marius.
Noise filtering device has been used with great skill to give this picture a very neat look.
Superb colour tones.
Well done and TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-08 7:07]

Beautiful magpie and fine lighting, fine capture. tfs.

Bonjour Marius,
Très agréable valorisation du sujet sous une bonne profondeur de champ et une lumière bien maîtrisée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Marius, Superb capture of this European Magpie my good friend, excellent exposure/white balance with splendid detail in both blacks and whites, lovely low point of view, nice and sharp, great effort here Marius and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Marius
A magnificent photo, a beautiful magpie!
I haven't see any in the last 40 years, it seem there aren't any is this part of Portugal.
Thank you

very nice scene, with excellent performance!
regards Marius

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