Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 90 - A classic Australia

After a few weeks in Arizona, WBW comes back home this week.

I thought I'd go with a bit of a classic Australian this week.  I know I have posted pictures of these birds before, but I have a real fondness for them.  There seem to be a few family parties of these Black and White wonders on my route to and from work - and they are always a source of distraction.

While these birds occur over much of Australia, they are also very variable - with varying degrees of white (or black) on the back.

I'm going to leave it here for this week - but I do ask that you have a look at the new tab on the top RHS of the page.




Now it's your turn to link up to WBW - click on the link below and off you go.

Don't forget to just but a name and location in the second box on the "linkup" wizard thing!  And if it would let you link, check that you have selected an image in the lower part of the wizard!

Cheers - SM.

45 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i do like these beauties of yours. :)

the link-up often defaults back to the long name of the entire post, even if you first put in your name. it is kind of a pain. :)

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful photos of a very striking bird.

Karen said...

Great shots! I like maggies. When I lived there, we had a lot that would come and sit on the deck railing right outside the kitchen window and squawk until I went out to feed them! I think they are a handsome bird.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Stunning birds - I love the beautiful coloring.

Gunilla Bäck said...

A very handsome bird.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

gorgeous birds!!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

These birds prove that black and white need not be boring!

Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy said...

It's a sort of cross between an egret, a magpie and a blackbird!

Chris Rohrer said...

It's like a cross between a miniature stork and magpie. Would love to see this one as well:)

HansHB said...

Interesting serie!
Great bird, a kind of crow?

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I can understand why you like these...they're gorgeous!!

Brian King said...

Love these guys! The plumage is so striking!

Findlay Wilde said...

They look really striking with the black and white. From Findlay

mick said...

Great photos of the magpies. I especially like their gentle warbling calls when they are sitting high in the trees.

Pat Tillett said...

A very nice (and different) looking bird. Nice photos Stewart...

Ela said...

What beautiful pictures !

eileeninmd said...

The Magpies are a favorite of mine too! Your photos are wonderful! Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

Adam Jones said...

They're great shots Stewart.

Carole M. said...

the magpies are delightful --- their song is charmingly melodic and beautiful to listen to

Neil said...

It's been a long time since we have seen the White-backed Magpie as we only get the Black-backed Magpie here.

Andrea Priebe said...

These are like your counterpart to our crows ... very common, but also very smart and fun to have around. They are beautiful with the mixed colors, even some white on the beak. I can understand why they distract you on your way to work ... very nice post, Stewart.

Andrea @From The Sol

Carletta said...

I love the 'black tie' look of these handsome fellows! :)

Stewart, I'm pretty sure another meme I participate in uses this same form of link-up but the name isn't automatically stored and the number of characters you can use is limited. Have you checked to see if you can do that?

Gail Dixon said...

These are such striking birds and your shots of them are beautiful.

Shey Wicklund said...

A very nice distraction indeed. I feel the same way about our Northern cardinals, they're everywhere but they're still a nice distraction esp the brilliant red males.

Shey Wicklund said...

Great capture, by the way!

DesertHen said...

Beautiful bird! Reminds me a bit of the magpies we have here in the states.

Stuart Price said...

Ah nice but not real magpies..........................

Roan said...

Love their coloring. Nice shots!

Jo said...

I am late today due to a 12 hour power outage in NE Tanzania! Thanks again, Stewart for hosting this, my favorite, meme. Have a great day. Jo

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I would so love to see one of these in person someday!!

A Quiet Corner said...

Stewart, heading back to RHS after my comment...these are sharp looking birds! The internet here is only 1mbs unless I want to pay a lot...so my connection is so slow...:)JP

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Handsome and proud-looking birds. Thanks so much for hosting. (I went to look at your other blog and lniks yesterday and forgot to come back and comment here.)

Phil Slade said...

I think they are an improvement on our UK Magpies Stewart, a bit more of an "air" about them. Thanks for your hosting skills again.

Small City Scenes said...

We have Magpies out here too. Well in eastern Washington not on the West side. They will not let me take a picture of them. They sense me and flit off they go. MB

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant Magpie images, difference through the whole world. Top of the class in photos.

LadyD Piano said...

Beautiful Australian birds! Congrats on your book endeavors. Best wishes and much continued success!

Wally Jones said...

We have no Magpies in our area so I appreciate your post highlighting them!

Stewart, thank you so much for your continuing hard work to bring birders of the world together!

All the best - Wally

thewovenspoke said...

Quite different from the magpies in the U.S. It almost looks like its about the size of a raven.

bailey-road.com said...

Magpies are such attractive birds. Beautiful shots.

Naquillity said...

what a beautiful bird. i can see why it's such a distraction to you. hope all is well. have a great day~

Dział Przyrody MŚO said...

Wow, amazing bird and great shots!
Best regards Stewart :-)

Jen said...

Magpies? I haven't seen any in Texas, but hopefully in Colorado next month. Fingers crossed for a good photo.

ladyfi said...

Lovely bird photos.

raf said...

Great images! Handsome birds and if they're like magpies and crows here, very clever.

eileeninmd said...

Yes, I enjoyed the wordy post! Thank you for sharing your post with Saturday's Critter party! Have a happy weekend!