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homosnapeiens · 3 months ago
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*batfam is on vacation in australia*
tim: -and once a year a bunch of spiders rain down from the sky! the sky bruce! they say it looks like snow!
bruce: *sighs* tim you have been freaking out since we got of the plane you need to calm down.
tim: it’s terrifying bruce! even the small and cute animals are vicious killers!
bruce: tim i’m sure you are overreacting-
*screaming is heard from behind them as magpies swarm jason and dick*
jason: *desperately shielding his face* I TOLD YOU NOT TO PISS OFF THE BIRDS DICK!
dick: I WAS TRYING TO CONNECT WITH THEM!! YOU KNOW BIRD TO BIRD?!?
jason: YOU ARENT ACTUALLY A BIRD DIPSHIT!
tim: see bruce even the birds are evil!
bruce: tim you are being- wait where’s damian?
damian: *walking over with a kangaroo on a leash* father this is bat kangaroo-
bruce: no more pets damian!
damian: but father you haven’t heard the best part.
*a joey pops out of bat kangaroos pouch*
damian: kangarobin.
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jareckiworld · 2 months ago
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Tuesday Riddell — Midnight Magpies   (gold leaf, silver leaf, gold powder and paint on japanned board, 2021)
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cafeinevitable · 12 days ago
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Eurasian Magpie
Asikkala | Finland
ph. Ossi Saarinen
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myfairynuffstuff · 8 months ago
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Sven Ljungberg (1913 - 2010) - Magpies and Cat. Colour lithograph.
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pinkstarlightcomputer · a month ago
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Charles Tunnicliffe Magpies Roosting - West Park Museum
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serpentariusart · 4 months ago
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This was originally a video but it was super bright out so I was squinting and making a terrible face the whole time and I’m not about that, so here are some cropped screenshots from the video instead lol.
It’s magpie swooping season here in Australia, as it is every September. I was originally taking photos of the horses around the property, but this family of magpies didn’t take too kindly to my presence. Despite this I think it’s pretty important to stress that it’s nowhere near as huge of a deal as the media makes it out to be.
Swooping season occurs because magpies start nesting. These aggressive behaviours are simply them trying to protect their young. The overwhelming majority of magpies don’t engage in swooping either, with estimates all below 10% of those that do. Additionally, the majority of magpies that do swoop are young males (which is what I noticed during this encounter). Magpies are very adjusted to humans, which is part of the reason why most don’t swoop; they simply don’t see humans as a threat. For this reason, magpie families that are befriended will stop swooping humans they’ve taken a liking to all-together. Though it is worth stressing that while this may prevent swooping, habituating birds to humans to such an extent is dangerous for the birds.
It’s not too difficult to get them to stop. Remaining calm and simply moving on as if you don’t notice them tends to work fairly well. The longer I spent in the area, the less and less they swooped me as they figured out that I wasn’t really a threat. Originally, a young male started the swooping. Then two others, a female and another male, joined in. Over time the other two stopped, and it was eventually just the original male that was still swooping, but at a far lower frequency. The VERY LAST THING you want to do is flail around and make a huge deal out of it! Fighting back, running around, and any other erratic movements are just going to make them see you as a threat. If you’re cycling, dismounting your bike and walking through is not only safer for you, but may make them less likely to swoop as well (as you’re not travelling slower and thus seem less threatening).
Magpies are really wonderful little birds, and to me they’re an absolute joy to see around. I’m sad that they have earned a fairly negative reputation not just overseas, but even within the country somewhat. They’re highly intelligent and social birds, in a very similar manner to corvids. Who, despite the similar appearance, they’re not actually related to! They’re very playful, having been recorded engaging in play with entirely different bird species. They’re even talented mimics! Plus of course, they have a very beautiful song. They’re great little birds, and it’d be nice for more people to see them that way too.
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hajandrade · 5 days ago
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Andre Vaillant - Magpies
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birds-and-friends · 4 months ago
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What's your favorite bird? I love magpies and cedar waxwings
both excellent choices! one of my favourites is also a magpie, well its a genus, the green magpies!! I have know idea why, I've never seen any of them in person and don't know much about them, they just make me so happy? they so beautiful and green and chirpy and i love them sm <3 <3 <3
There's four species, here's one of each ...
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Common green magpie by Ayuwat Jearwattanakanok
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Indochinese green magpie by Edmond Sham
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Bornean green magpie by Charley Hesse
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Javan green magpie at Chester Zoo
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great-and-small · 4 months ago
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I finally got to experience the exquisite joy of seeing a magpie in the wild and this curious corvid was exactly as charming as his southern cousins in my neck of the woods! I loved watching him try to disassemble this children’s playground bolt by bolt- so naughty!
From watching this video, you might be thinking that this magpie is drawn to the bolt because it’s metallic and therefore quite shiny. I’ve also always heard that magpies are attracted to shiny objects, but as it turns out this is an extremely common perception that, based on experimental research, is likely not the whole truth. Magpies are very curious birds, and you can often observe them picking up objects in their environment that they find interesting. This behavior is so notorious that the medical condition involving ingestion of foreign objects is termed “Pica”, the Latin for magpie, possibly due to the bird’s indiscretion in picking up and flying off with random items. To test whether magpies actually prefer shiny items, researchers offered the birds painted metallic objects alongside dull ones. Turns out magpies actually have no preference! They just like stuff! Anyways, magpies are really lovely birds and watching them play and explore is truly a joy.
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sitting-on-me-bum · 6 months ago
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Bristol, England
A stag on the Ashton Court Estate reacts as magpies and crows feed on ticks from its fur in crisp and cold autumnal weather
Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA
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bad-moodboard · 10 months ago
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Stunning photo of red fox grazing on amanita mushroom with magpie as a chaperone - Finland. Niko Pekonen
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nicadilly · 11 months ago
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paintings part dwaaaaa
they’re 100/70, min size our workshop accepts :o(
we can still do small stuff but seven big boys are required to pass waa waaa waaaa
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babyanimalgifs · a year ago
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A magpie doing his part to save the planet
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vanishingsydney · 6 months ago
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Back lane Australian Magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen). They're all over the Inner West; ruthlessly territorial when breeding to the point of nuisance. Newtown.
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redbeancarp · 27 days ago
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got a few dozen notecard drawings from last year i havent posted yet. god burnout is kicking my ass
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myfairynuffstuff · 5 months ago
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Charles Culver (1908 - 1967) - Magpies on a Branch. 1951. Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on paper.
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worldcircus · a month ago
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Australian Magpies.
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hajandrade · 13 days ago
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Mary Alayne Thomas on Instagram
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birds-and-friends · 9 months ago
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Full video: Javan Green Magpies at Jersey Zoo
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stairnaheireann · 7 days ago
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Irish Superstitions
It can definitely be argued that superstitions are intrinsically tied in with traditional folklore, and with a culture as steeped in customs and fables as Ireland’s, it’s no surprise that there are more than a handful of superstitions unique to the country and its people. The phrase ‘the luck of the Irish’ isn’t all it may seem. In fact, it isn’t in the least bit what it sounds like at all.…
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