An Immature Black-billed Magpie in Flight

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Immature Black-billed Magpie in flightImmature Black-billed Magpie in flight – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

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.

Mia

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. 

8 Comments

  1. April Olson March 10, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I love them as well. I have gotten to know many as individuals in a rehabilitation setting and they never cease to amaze me.

  2. Elephant's Child March 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    So very different to our magies. So very beautiful.

  3. Roger Burnard March 10, 2016 at 7:39 am

    NICELY DONE MIA… A DIFFICULT CHALLENGE JUST TO GET A FLYING BIRD
    IN THE VIEWFINDER WHEN USING THIS MUCH “POWER.” YEP, WELL DONE. ;-)))

  4. Liz Cormack March 10, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous bird. The iridescence was picked up nicely.

  5. Patty Chadwick March 10, 2016 at 6:42 am

    WOW!!! What a BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL way to start the day!!! This is such a wonderful shot of a very handsome bird!!!

  6. Bob McPherson March 10, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Beautiful image, Mia.

  7. steven kessel March 10, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Beautiful bird. We don’t have them down here in southeastern Arizona

    • Mia McPherson March 10, 2016 at 5:46 am

      Steve, thanks. I don’t remember seeing them when I lived in southeastern Arizona either. Hadn’t thought about them not being there though.

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