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….
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