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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:05 pm

    Our backyard was visited a couple of days ago by a pair of young Australian magpies. They were a male & a female, brother & sister. Twins!!! 

    The young male Australian magpie. They would be from last season's nesting which covers August/September & sometimes October. This pair were adventuring out on their own looking for worms & grubs but Mum would not be far away. .
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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:22 pm

    The juvenile female Australian magpie is on the left & her brother is on the right. The difference is obvious in the white patch on the back of the neck & head. The female's is a 'dirty' white wheras the male's white patch has a 'cleaner appearance. His will become more dazzling white as he matures.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:25 pm

    Looking for food. They did find grubs & worms.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:25 pm

    Looking for mum.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:28 pm

    Miss magpie starting to groom herself. Must be moulting & feeling itchy with new feather growth.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:28 pm

    The young male magpie found a worm.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:29 pm

    Still grooming.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:31 pm

    The young male started squawking. We didn't realise next-door's cat was outside. Grr

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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:32 pm

    Young male Australian magpie.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:33 pm

    Young female Australian magpie all fluffed up after grooming.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 3:35 pm

    Young male magpie about to walk around the side of our unit to 'scare off' the cat. All ended well.


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    Post by granny on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 5:45 pm

    :clap:Thank you so much Joy!  They are adorable.  Sometimes they were looking right at the camera.  I think they liked having their picture taken.  Glad all went well with the cat.  If the cat got to close mum might have come down to help.  Wonderful pictures!!
                  :thanks:  Granny
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    Post by Joy on Sat 14 Feb 2015, 8:05 am

    Thanks Granny.  :smile:  Yes, they were looking at me, taking their pics, when they weren't busy foraging for bugs, grubs & worms. 

    As for the cat, we would have done something if it had attempted to attack them. Fortunately, the juvenile magpies were seemingly able to take care of themselves at this time but, yes, you are right, if they had sent out a distress call mum would have been there pronto. The cat also now knows not to venture into our yard. :laugh:

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