A mouthful of worms

Magpies are Australian icons, sweetly singing characters that are revered by some and feared by others.



 Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen) male

This bold fellow largely ignored me as he was shopping for his family, except for the brief look in my direction that I captured in the image above. The lighting conditions were abysmal and the image is noisy, but his direct look and the hapless critters made it worth pressing the shutter button.




 Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen) – juvenile


Magpies are breeding at the moment and the insistent call of the hungry fledglings can be heard from dawn to dusk in and around the paddocks. Some magpies swoop at pedestrians and cyclists, for more information on this and on ways to help keep safe during the swooping season you could check this post: Maggies

I’ve just come home from a perfect trip to Neds Corner that I’ll share as soon as I can.

Happy birding



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