Black-billed Magpie stretching

Black-billed Magpie stretchingBlack-billed Magpie stretching – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 328mm, natural light, not baited or called in

There was a bit of sun yesterday between snow falls and we headed out to Antelope Island hoping there would be light and birds. There was light and a few birds, this Black-billed Magpie was one of them. I dislike the fact that the tips of tree’s branches show that they have been clipped, that was done before the tree was planted last year. I do like the position of the wings, the fanned out tail and the light in the bird’s eye.

Snow is projected today, we’ll see though.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. I haven’t seen a magpie in a few years now … one of my favorite birds. I also love the fanned tail, spectacular visual.

  2. What nice colors and contrasts this bird has!

  3. Beautiful – would probably work well as a black and white image too (har, har!).

  4. Beautiful!
    Ah, to combine sunny days with snow must be such fun for photography.

    • It is fun when it happens Laurence, we do get some dreary weather in the winter though with the clouds & inversions. But those days with good light and snow are priceless.

  5. Lovely bird, nicely done Mia.

  6. Great action capture Mia – Magpies are such neat colored birds.

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