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.

Mia

14 Comments

  1. ingrid December 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you Ingrid, they are fascinating and beautiful birds.

  2. Maria F. December 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

    What nice colors and contrasts this bird has!

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you Maria, they are such a beautiful bird and even though they are common here I love to photograph them.

  3. Kathleen Finnerty December 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

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

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      You made me laugh Kath! Thanks for that and for your comment.

  4. Sally Wood December 10, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Perfection!

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you very much Sally!

  5. Laurence Butler December 10, 2012 at 6:44 am

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

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      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.

  6. Bob Bushell December 10, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Lovely bird, nicely done Mia.

  7. Dan Huber December 10, 2012 at 5:17 am

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

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Dan, I think their iridescence is very appealing and their plumage patterns too

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