Magpie - Pica pica

Magpie | Wild Bird Photography | Graham Manson
Canon 800mm f7.1 for 1/640 @ iso400

Often seen as a black and white bird but up close the Magpie has very distinctive hues in their plummage.

Magpies have a distinctive chatter and can be a very "bold" bird. Non breeding birds are often seen gathered together in flocks.

Their diet consists of virtually anything and they adapt well to a number of conditions.

From a photographic view point they can be "allies" to follow the movements of foxes as they harass them through the undergrowth declaring the position of the fox to everyone !!