This bird is everywhere here but one of the toughest to get a decent shot of. They are very weary and every time I've been close enough to get a reasonable shot they've flown off just as I was getting focused. Drove me nuts for years. Finally on a drive around the edge of Utah Lake this weekend one flew into a tree near where I was parked and stayed long enough for me to get a couple decent shots. Light was good and the bird was in a good position to take advantage of that.
D300S Nikon 300mm 2.8 with 1.7TC iso 400 1/1250 at F 7.1 matrix metering
I have a few shots of Yellow Billed Magpies from the Sacramento Valley in California but this is the closest I've been to one of these birds in years. Nice of him to show up on a day when the light was in good position.
Nice to see you back ... yup.. Spent two years on projects in California then got assigned to this job in Orem last August. It's been a real experience working this close to the Rockies. So much to see around here and do any given weekend. Hoping to get to one of the National Parks south of here soon.
Wow...never seen a magpie... Seems everywhere I've been in this country they're in large numbers. The yellow billed version in California is really striking... Here in Utah they're everywhere, even in the higher elevations in the Rockies. Must be pretty resilient birds to manage life in the mountains.