I photographed this immature Black-billed Magpie in flight last September on Antelope Island State Park as it flew over a rabbitbrush that was just about to bloom.
The background is a bit messy with the out of focus sunflower stalks but what I really liked about this image was the iridescence of the tail and the wings. Also, at this resolution I know it is a challenge to see the eye color of this magpie but I can see the deep violet-blue that indicates that this bird is immature. And on the top wing it shows a new feather growing in.
The magpies are working steadily on their nests right now on Antelope Island, I suspect it won’t be long before they will be sitting on eggs.
I’ve found that people either hate Black-billed Magpies or love them. I am in the love them camp.
Life is good.
I have 1051 images left to move from my old galleries to the new ones. I will be ever so glad when this chore is done. This has been hanging over my head for too long.