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Old 08-08-2008, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default The thieving magpie

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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