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watchin' the fight..

watchin' the fight..
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Copyright: Gethin Hill (inked) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 III
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-16 1:04
Viewed: 3371
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone!
i'm back kinda!! been busy as, computer died and been pushed for time to get everything back on track, but i think im pretty much there.. i have a brand new beast now, that can handle all my RAW's with ease and my digi photo's are looking great!

however, now, i'm having a slight problems with my camera and have been putting off handing it in for repairs as it will be gone for almost a month! i'll have to do it soon though.. while its still under warranty.
but at least i should be able to browse and leave comments and crits, and add the occasional post too!

so anyway, about the pic..
i often forget that the beauty of nature can often have a darker side that we don't see as often..

yesterday, i caught my local magpie friends in a serious fight! with several onlookers including butcher birds and miner birds.. maybe they've placed their bets..
these birds are always hanging around.. i generally see them every day as the lady that lives next door feeds the local birds, and has for the past 40 years. i'm even beginning to see the difference between them and recognise individual birds! it's an interesting scenario as many species of birds will feed together, from lorikeets, rosellas, pigeons, magpies, butcher birds, crows and miners and can be seen in the yard next door at the same time, all getting along together.

I've seen them chase each other off, but never a fight like this, between them, or any other birds for that matter.

It went on for a couple of minutes, rolling around and flapping on the ground, biting and scratching at each other. And occasionally the onlookers would sneak in for a cheap shot and pull a feather or 2..

Magpies aren't exactly small birds, being up there with crows for size. And if anyone has ever been swooped and hit during breeding season, they'll have an idea of how much damage these birds can do! i've had a bleeding head on 2 occasions.

anyway, i have no idea who won, looked pretty even to me, but i'm sure they do. it was interesting to see a side of these birds, that im getting to know so well, that i haven't seen before.. no serious damage seemed to have been done. they were all back today..

its good to be back!

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HI Gethin
Thanks for sharing this scene...it almost needs a boxing ring rope around the magpies! An interesting shot and thanks for sharing.

Hi Gethin,

Excellent capture of wildlife action. Haven't seen anthing like that before. The other birds are really wathing and enjoying themselves. Good composition and colours.



HI Gethin,
This looks how the affair of honour. Super action.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2008-04-16 7:54]

Wooow, 3 butcherbirds, 3 noisy miners and I think 2 fighting magpies. It's just like a box match with fans :)
Excellent capture. TFS.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-04-16 15:02]

Hi Gethin, welcome back. It's not the clearest of shots, but it does an excellent job of documenting this strange event. Interesting that the Noisy Miners would be there front and centre. They seem to be at the scene of any kind of trouble. I like the flurry of activity seen with the two magpies, the blur from the action gives it a real feel for the battle.

Thanks, John

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-17 2:00]

Hi Gethin,
nice to see another post from you mate. Bit of a Battle Royale going on here! Good group shot with lots's of activity and interest throughout. Liked your notes too.

Hi Gethin,
Sorry to know that your computer got damaged. Hope you have managed to get newer and good one. A nice capture of this beautiful magpies in fight. Very good composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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