10 comments on “Spring – Mild Mannered Magpie becomes Mad Malicious Menace

  1. Very informative post, Ashley! Starting off with the beautiful, impressive photos (the mating action was so sweet!) and then on to the dangers the Magpie now imposes really took me by surprise. 😲 Truly faithful, protective family birds! Their beaks are quite the weapon. Your post goes perfect with your message. I’m with you on all this deep attraction to being in cyber space and not being alert in real time life. Even with our laws banning cell phones during driving, I constantly see drivers on their hand-held cell phone pushing away at buttons. It only takes a quick second to change everything. 😞

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    • Thanks Donna, It is interesting to see how much in common the Maggies have with us. Howerver, their over protective nesting procedures present a concern for all who enter their territory. True Donna, making and changing laws seems not to help changing culture with using phones while driving or even walking in the street. There are too many people who disrespect our laws and selfishly put themselves and others in danger. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Ha Ha good comment on your great pic. The White-backs are lovely, we don’t see them here, the last time was last year out at Uluru where I saw both subspecies. The Morcombe book has used the nominative race name for the northern black-backed (ours) but the white-backed (yours) should be race leaconota. The latest Australian Bird Guide by 6 authors (Peter Menkhorst) I noticed has completely wrong geographic locations for most of the various subspecies and less of them.

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  2. Yep, that is the way of these creatures. A local pair, I talk to most every day during the year as I welk past have become my mortal enemies. I’ve talked to them about this, but to no avail.

    They also practice the same thing on their young and peers it seems.
    Here is a link to one I posted on Flickr. The confrontation went on for about 10 minutes with all the family joining in.

    Great series of shots and wel done for being the guinea pig.

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    • Thanks David, it is amazing how they turn for that nesting period, just when you think you are in with them, you are suddenly enemy. The good thing is it is only temporary. Unfortunately I did not see your link to Flickr you mentioned you included in your comment. Have an enjoyable week, and great that your birds are returning to breed, we still need more rain.

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