Baby Magpie (Guinness)
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|A baby Magpie (Pica pica). This bird is often maligned by the type of person that loathes intelligent and beautiful creatures. I don't deny they predate eggs and fledglings, but I enjoy their raucous cries and stunning plumage.|
Here is what the RSPB website says about this bird in the UK:
Latin name - Pica pica
Family - Crows and allies (Corvidae)
Overview - Magpies seem to be jacks of all trades - scavengers, predators and pest-destroyers, their challenging, almost arrogant attitude has won them few friends. With its noisy chattering, black-and-white plumage and long tail, there is nothing else quite like the magpie in the UK. When seen close-up its black plumage takes on an altogether more colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail. Non-breeding birds will gather together in flocks.
Where to see them - Found across England, Wales and N Ireland, but more localised in Scotland, absent from the Highlands. Seen in a range of habitats from lowland farmland to upland moors.
When to see them - All year round.
What they eat - Omnivore and scavenger.
Estimated numbers - 650,000 territories.
Unfortunately this little one was too young to be out of the nest. Although many fledglings are not as helpless as they seem, this one was was not strong enough to fly to safety. After taking the pictures my wife and I waited for over an hour, but the parents were nowhere to be seen. In the end my heart got the better of my head and I took it home with the intention of finding an animal shelter for it.
Unfortunately most of these places won't touch birds unless they are an endangered species. I looked after it for a couple of days but it fell ill and I was left with no choice but to put it down. For the couple of days we kept it, we called it 'Guinness' - it's now buried under a lavender we planted in the garden to attract insects.
We have a family of Magpies that come to our garden regularly, and when I see the parents teaching the young how to feed I think of poor little Guinness.
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excellent close-up photo of the baby Magpie,
with fine at the level of the bird low POV,
very fine focus with great sgarpness and details
of its baby bird plumage, lovely pose of this cute baby bird,
- [2009-07-17 22:40]
Very good close-up shot of this baby Magpie bird, Vinny. Perfectly focused and properly exposed. I love the details near its eye.
Thanks for sharing.
- [2009-07-17 23:04]
What a cutie!
Wonderful details and colors on this little guy.
A great pose too.
How did you get it to stand still for you?
TFS. : )
Good shot of the baby, good focus and fine detail in the plumage. Colours are natural showing the bird in natural surroundings.
Unfortunately you are right about it not surviving, but that nature.
TFS and have a good weekend.
It's a sad story... Nature can be cruel for little birds. The photo express all your affection for this cute baby. Cheers,
- [2009-07-19 1:06]
Verry good capture of this preety little bird.Regards.Alin