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Old 08-08-2008, 04:32 PM   #1
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Yesterday morning a magpie hopped onto the clothesline in the courtyard outside my window, and after cautiously surveying the area, started collecting the coconut fibre from one of my hanging baskets for its nest.

Now it's very bold, and continues to pull the fibre out even when I come noisily out of the back door and walk to within a couple of metres.

I'm being very nice to it in the hope that once its babies hatch, it'll remember that I'm the donor of its nesting materials and decide not to dive bomb me if I get too close to its nest.

About an hour ago I got two snapshots...

In pic 1 you can see how much it's taking at a time now.

In pic 2 you can see the damage to the hanging basket starting to become noticeable.

Photo of the bird was taken from where I sit at my desk so as not to disturb it unduly. The light isn't wonderful either, being early-morningish and still winter, of course.
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:39 PM   #2
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She won't remember...'-}}

Pretty nifty shot of her...

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I hope you're wrong! There are a lot of magpies in this area, but I do have to say that they've never divebombed me. The only bird that has ever done so, in fact, was a male willy wagtail, and it got me!

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Pretty nifty shot of her...
Thanks. Not a good angle, but I don't have the advantages of a David Attenborough.

   
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Well, you have a good track record with magpies so with luck you will not be strafed. I swear sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't wear a helmet. Only here it's hummingbirds, and though they are not aiming at me they zoom in from out of nowhere and I wonder if I might not step into their flight path at the wrong moment.

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Old 08-09-2008, 07:28 AM   #5
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Perhaps you would give the zoological name for the birds you mention: the Thieving Magpie was presumably the European Magpie, Pica pica, and I presume yours was the Australian magpie, which isn't a magpie and doesn't even belong to the crow family (Wikipedia says). Nice pictures though!

   
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Seagulls and foxes are the pests round here. Leave rubbish in a plastic bag outside and you might just as well empty it on the grass and recycle the bag for tomorrow.

   
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We get that with barn swallows...they are amazingly active and just zoooooommmm!!! around...

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ann: I hope you're wrong! There are a lot of magpies in this area, but I do have to say that they've never divebombed me.
Hope you get lucky...


>>Not a good angle, but I don't have the advantages of a David Attenborough.

LOL!!

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Well, you have a good track record with magpies so with luck you will not be strafed. I swear sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't wear a helmet. Only here it's hummingbirds, and though they are not aiming at me they zoom in from out of nowhere and I wonder if I might not step into their flight path at the wrong moment.

Nice pics!
Do you get to see the hummingbirds doing their hovering thing? I've always wanted to watch that!

   
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Old 08-09-2008, 02:41 PM   #10
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I hate to say it - but these (thugs) and rats are the only thing I can kill. We have trapped and shot over 15 this year - They go through the hedge rows and just bite the heads of all the young birds -
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When I was young you were lucky to see one or two - now they have got out of hand when I can see sometimes 6 or 7 in my garden
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