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Magpie in Utah

psf914

Traverse City, US
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psf914 Registered since 11th Oct 2007
Sun 10-Feb-13 11:50 PM

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

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kenray

Green Valley, US
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#1. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 0

kenray Registered since 10th Oct 2008
Mon 11-Feb-13 04:03 AM

Best picture I've ever seen of a magpie.

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VR8

Ottawa, CA
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#2. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 0

VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008
Mon 11-Feb-13 09:33 AM

Very nice shot.

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STAN__LEE

ROSEVILLE, US
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Mon 11-Feb-13 05:51 PM

Well done, Peter! Once again you are enjoying a 'new' spot. Have been inactive for a while but I was back in time to see your wonderful snow-scapes. stan

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psf914

Traverse City, US
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#4. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 1

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Tue 12-Feb-13 12:17 AM

Thanks Ken

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.

Peter

psf914

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#5. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 2

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Tue 12-Feb-13 12:19 AM

Thanks Victor

I've had some luck once in a while being in the right place at the right time. I think the magpies decided to give me a break.

Peter

psf914

Traverse City, US
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#6. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 3

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Tue 12-Feb-13 12:21 AM

Thanks Stan

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.

cheers
Peter

Jim Pearce

Grimsby, CA
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#7. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 0

Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004
Tue 12-Feb-13 01:28 AM

You absolutely nailed these Peter. I've neer seen a magpie in North America.

Jim

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psf914

Traverse City, US
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#8. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 7

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Wed 13-Feb-13 12:10 AM

Thanks Jim

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.


Peter

ehall

South Orange, US
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ehall

South Orange, US
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#10. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 0

ehall Registered since 12th Nov 2012
Wed 13-Feb-13 04:05 PM

Great shots, thanks for sharing, you are inspiring.
Emory

NatureDon

US
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#11. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 0

NatureDon Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Nov 2007
Wed 13-Feb-13 11:30 PM

Beautiful photos Peter. I have yet to see one of these.

Don

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psf914

Traverse City, US
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#12. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 10

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Thu 14-Feb-13 09:19 AM

Thanks Emory

Gotta give some credit to my subject for being so cooperative. It's been tough getting close to one of these birds at least long enough to get a good shot.

Peter

psf914

Traverse City, US
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#13. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 11

psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007
Thu 14-Feb-13 09:21 AM

Thanks Don

Come to Utah sometime and you'll see lots of them

Peter

Dubes

Mississauga, CA
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#14. "RE: Magpie in Utah" | In response to Reply # 0

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Fri 15-Feb-13 11:37 AM

Nice shots Peter, nice balance of the blacks & whites.

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