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Close up picture of young European magepie bird (Pica pica) sitting in Norway spruce tree

February 3rd, 2008 · 12 Comments

Close up picture of young European magepie bird (Pica pica)
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera June 26th 2007. Click image for larger view.
In this picture you can see a young European magepie (Pica pica). This bird had just come out of its nest. It was not the slightest afraid of humans and thus I was able to get very close to take some photos.
The magpies are plentiful here in Northern Norway and are known to steal shiny objects like glasses or silverware. Not sure if there is any truth to this or maybe it is just a legend?

Here is some other bird photos.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 150 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Tags: Birds · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Summer

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chica // Feb 4, 2008 at 1:35 am

    I think I like your closeups better then your other photos! 😀

  • 2 Manictastic // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Wow, never seen a magpie from that close. They are nice birds, magpies. Ravens are far worse, we have a whole bunch of them here. Annoying little bastards.

  • 3 n8 // Feb 4, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Wow great macro. I love the detail in the feathers.

  • 4 Alison // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Gorgeous, I’d love to get a close up of a bird. Maybe soon!

  • 5 shearyadi // Feb 5, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Greetings from the Magpies Zone! It’s a nice information about magpies like to steal shiny objects like glasses or silverware, I do hope that my “Magpies” aka Newcastle United can steal any silverwares very soon!

  • 6 Margaret // Feb 5, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I love photos of birds and take bunches myself. This one is just outstanding with all the detail of feather on this magpie!

  • 7 Debo Hobo // Feb 5, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    So that’s what a magpie looks like. I remember them from a cartoon-Heckle and Jeckle.

  • 8 Bobbie // Feb 6, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    How lucky the bird let you get so close. I do believe he has whiskers! Who knew?

  • 9 Chris Wanamaker // Feb 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I love that shot of the bird! The only time I’ve been able to capture one like that myself was when the bird was in a cage … lol! Good Work!

  • 10 Nishan Stepak (Book Calendar) // Feb 9, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I rather like your photographs of animals up close. They are more interesting to me than the landscapes.

  • 11 Lisa M // Feb 9, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Magpies and Jays are notorious here too. They even steal my dogs’ food in the summer if I feed them outside! That is a great photo 🙂

  • 12 FLOOG // Feb 13, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Some awesome photos. Funnily enough, I prefer landscapes to animals. Superb