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Old Jul 19, 2004, 9:42 PM   #1
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While on holiday in Byron Bay, NSW I was walking around with my new lens and spotted this guy hopping around. He seemed almost tame and very very curious about anything that moved near him.

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Old Jul 19, 2004, 9:46 PM   #2
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Neat shot PlatinumWeaver, I have never seen this species. Wonder if you can help or if Geoff can. Nice pose
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Old Jul 19, 2004, 9:50 PM   #3
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That is a common as mud, Australian Magpie.
http://www.calm.wa.gov.au/plants_ani...rd_magpie.html
Out in the west they are apparently all black, but everyone else they are white and black once they are mature. Juveniles start off grey and black like you can see in this shot though.

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Old Jul 19, 2004, 10:35 PM   #4
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That is an interesting bird PlatinumWeaver and a good shot of it. I'm glad you responded to Eric CAN with the name of the bird because I never would have been able to guess what it was - I don't know Australian birds. However, the page you posted the link to does show a picture of the adult bird and it has a close resemblence to the North American version of the Magpie.
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Old Jul 22, 2004, 12:51 AM   #5
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LOL!!!

Wich lens did you used?? And how far awayhad you been?

Really nice and funny pic.
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Old Jul 22, 2004, 2:09 AM   #6
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That was with my brand new Tamron 70-300 F/4-5.6 LD that I was discussing in a thread a few weeks ago.
If I recall correctly, the bird was very close at that point.. no more than 10-12 feet away.. it was taken at 250mm ( not including 1.5x "crop" )
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Old Jul 23, 2004, 9:19 PM   #7
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Very cool looking bird, and absolutely unique pose! It needs a touch of sharpening to my eye, but other than that, superb photograph.
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Old Jul 24, 2004, 3:14 AM   #8
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Very niceshot.

I would havethought that a holiday in Byron you'd be more interested in taking photos of other kinds of 'birds' there. :lol:
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PlatinumWeaver wrote:
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That is a common as mud, Australian Magpie.
http://www.calm.wa.gov.au/plants_ani...rd_magpie.html
Out in the west they are apparently all black, but everyone else they are white and black once they are mature. Juveniles start off grey and black like you can see in this shot though.

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I dont know where you got that info about all black magpies in the west, Im in western australia and have lived in many different towns here and never once seen an all black magpie, all of ours are the same old black and white ones seen everywhere in australia. My parents have about 20 of them who tap on their windows to be fed chopped meat.:-)
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Old Jul 24, 2004, 7:32 AM   #10
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and this is what they all look like




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