red magpie

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barbaraschmidt58
red magpie

HI.  can anyone tell me why a magpie would have red instead of white feathers.  Have tried to load a photo with no luck. Finally got it to load

Amber Calman -Y...
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Dye? Rust? dirt? I don't know, but it could be a dirty bird? or one that has been in something with color in it?

Young Birder Age 14

Canon 40D + Sigma 120-400mm

HelloBirdy
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barbaraschmidt58 wrote:

Finally got it to load

I can't see the image.

Ryu
Canberra
Aiming for DSLR-quality shots with a bridge camera

Amber Calman -Y...
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nither

Young Birder Age 14

Canon 40D + Sigma 120-400mm

barbaraschmidt58

Red

barbaraschmidt58

Try again

HelloBirdy
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Got the image on #5. I've never seen anything like it, are you sure someone hasn't just unleashed a texta on it? :P 

Ryu
Canberra
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barbaraschmidt58

Isn't it cute. Thats why i'm asking. Every bit of white was red, not just a odd bit. I have never seen anything like it. And it was a real red, not dull.  Could it have been born that colour?

HelloBirdy
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Just a few questions:

  1. Have you seen it since? Is it a regular visiter to the location?
  2. Do you the colouring is natural?
  3. Where abouts in Australia is this?

Ryu
Canberra
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barbaraschmidt58

I was passing through the area when I saw it.  It was at Coomba Park which is on Wallis Lake north coast NSW

HelloBirdy
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Could I suggest you make a post to ereama birdlines (http://www.eremaea.com/), a website for reporting unusual/ significant bird sightings which may catch the eyes of other birdwatchers of the area or twitchers? I think it would be worthwhile getting more observations on this magpie

Ryu
Canberra
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barbaraschmidt58

Thanks for that info. I have not heard of that site. I shall get onto it.  Many thanks

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I saw your photo on NSW Birdlines, it sure is very unusual & interesting. I searched for red magpies & found this link ( http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/wildlife/f/13609/t/113227.aspx ) for one photoed in the UK. : ).

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