Travel Theme : Couples

Teenage magpies, almost ready to leave home

We had a magpie family that visited us every day.

In 1998 when we moved to Australia a magpie with a deformed foot came calling. He soon became a regular visitor and we called him Andy (he was “handicapped” with one claw missing!!!) After a while, with Jack feeding him, he became very tame and then brought along his mate. We called her Ladybird.

Each year they would bring over the babies to introduce them to us. Most years they just had 2. We loved to sit on the front deck and watch them as they would play, mock fighting, rolling around together on the lawn and gradually gaining confidence in us.

As the new breeding season approached the parents would harass and chase the youngsters away. The young ones disappeared to find their own way in the world and the season would start all over again.

During the breeding season Andy would become very protective and aggressively protect our garden, but he would only swoop on dogs and the poor postie, calling and squawking his anger. We always knew when the mail arrived.

In 2004 they produced 5 babies. I think this is very unusual.

That year we went to Korea to see our son married to a beautiful Korean girl. When we came back home after 4 weeks, only Ladybird came visiting. Sadly we never saw Andy again.

This is a lovely photo taken in 2004 of Jack with the family of magpies….

Jack with the magpie family

Ailsa of “Where’s my backpack” has had lots of response to this theme. Click on the link and visit them. They are very varied and very good..



I just couldn’t resist adding this one. I think it is one of the best bird photos I have taken. It was taken at  the “Wild life habitat” just outside Port Douglass

Changing of the guard on the nest



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13 thoughts on “Travel Theme : Couples

  1. Did they ever bite you?Just remarkable!

  2. Awesome pics .. And a beautiful story .. How incredible to have a close and long relationship with a family of maggies .. They are incredibly intelligent birds 🙂

  3. Going to reblog cos its such a beautiful post 🙂

    • Thank you Jen for the compliment of re-blogging this post. We are lucky to have a lot of native birds visit our garden.

  4. Reblogged this on The Serenity Space and commented:
    Beautiful photos and a lovely story … Maggies have always held a special place for me 🙂

  5. Changing of the guard on the nest is awesome!

  6. trishworth

    I loved this magpie story. I’ve had a bad experience with magpies but I need to get over it. Years ago, some unpleasant magpies tried to peck out my tiny son’s eyes every time he stepped out the door. But I was told later that I should have fed them and then they would have trusted us. The photo of your husband with the magpie family is fantastic. I would like to try that. I want to trust and be trusted!

    • During the nesting season magpies become very aggresive and swoop on any one passing through their territory. The council in some places put warning signs up at known magpie territories and cyclists put plastic ties sticking up on their bike helmets, that seems to keep the magpies away. It would be very scary for your son

  7. I love magpies – i had one when I was a child and he was so very gentle

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