It may just be a magpie - but very cool, all the same and excellent picture!
On the subject of magpies, in Term 4 last year there was an announcement over the loudspeaker at school about girls HAD to wear their panama hats if they were walking to the train station because a magpie was attacking students and the hats offered some protection. We came out in droves armed with umbrellas and lunchbox missiles :).
Wow, how funny! They could actually do some real harm if they wanted too.
On our old farm, my daughter found two baby magpies some distance from the house that had fallen from their nest. They were very young. I cared for them. I didn't think either would survive, but one, "Maggie", did...and she (no telling her real sex) grew into a very beautiful, loud, fun-loving and demanding bird.
Here was the amazing
part....the parents located and waited
for Maggie!!! No kidding. She was several months old before I realized that a pair of magpies that sat in the tree outside the room her cage was in and called - were not just any
magpies (there were many magpies about on any given day, making their usual noises), they were her parents. The pair would try to get as close as possible to the window, and call and call. Maggie couldn't yet fly by our estimation when we realised this. She was a spoiled "pet" with no survival skills, so we felt it best if she could at least fly before we turned her over to them. So we waited (over a month) until she could fly and on one chosen day we put her outside and opened the door to her cage. The parents never "gave up" and were right there,
waiting. Initially, she did not
want to leave the cage..it was sad. We went inside and watched out the window. One parent immediatly flew and perched ontop of her cage. After a long period of time...they finally
coaxed her out and she hopped along the ground as they guarded and escorted her off. She didn't seem to want to try and fly, although she had been able to "flutter/hop" inside.
How they knew it was their child...we will never know. Regardless of their other habits...they are AMAZING parents!!!