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.



  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


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

      Thank you very much Sally!

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

    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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