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Black-Billed Magpie

Black-Billed Magpie
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, 100 - 400 mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-27 19:49
Viewed: 3294
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It took me a few tentatives before I could get closed to those birds.We finally foud a couple that would tolerated are approach.
Note from the Field Guide to Alberta Birds.
Magpies are common in all natural regions except the Canadian Shield in extreme north-eastern Alberta.Highest number are in the parkland & grassland.More & more they are being seen in the north as land is cleared & livestock raised

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-27 20:36]

great expression good catchlight in the eye nice focus

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-27 23:41]

Hello Michel

Another wonderful bird portrait.Your visit to calgary was fruitful.The image is crisp,with sharp detail.The colours are vivid.Nicely composed,with good eye contact and catch light.TFS


Wonderful shot her of one of my favorite birds. It's quite a beautiful bird, and you have captured it quite well with some very nice composition, too. Really interesting to capture it from behind and I like the shadow from it's tail. It's got a fuzzy head, too!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-28 7:46]

Hello Michel,
A great capture of this flighty bird, it has beautiful plummage detail and nice color. It looks like you had agreat trip here.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-28 9:51]

Hola Michel. Una bella foto de esta hermosa Ave. Los colores blanco y negro, por lo tanto es dificil conseguir nitidez. La pose es exelente y el reflejo del sol en su ojo luce exelentemente. Saludos Luis52.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-28 13:15]

Hello Michel,
Fine capture of a N. American Magpie. Interesting POV, sharp, good lighting and well composed.
This species is visually almost identical to the European but I believe genetically quite different.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Magnifique prise de vue, on croirait sa tête de velour.

I like the unique pose you captured in this shot. It really shows off the wonderful long tail. I admire all of you birders with the patience to wait for a good opportunity. Perfect exposure and nice sharpness.

Evelynn : )

Hi Michel, splendid bird in inusual pose, good light and colors, great sharpness and lovely details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Quel bel oiseau Michel! Je n'en ai jamais vu dans la réalité. J'aime beaucoup ces couleurs et la texture de ses plumes. L'exposition est réussie avec une belle lumière dans son oeil et sur son bec. C'est vraiment un oiseau superbe. Merci,

salut Michel

belle photo avec arrière-plan parfaite couleurs et détails des plumes,
sauf si le sujet aurait collaboré et eu son regard du côté inverse
de cet arbre, je pense que (pour moi) la photo aurait était
encore meilleure

Bonjour Michel,

Une belle image de cette pie bavarde, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hello Michel,
They are lovely birds, and smart too!
I have a couple living near my house coming for bread each morning, and they keep bigger birds like gulls and crows easily away, I have even seen them deal with a squirrel...
Good details in the plumage here, and I like how he looks at you over the shoulder!
Pablo -

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