I’ve spent part of the holiday time reading, or studying, a book called “Australian Magpie”, by Gisela Kapplan (see here)
One of the things that struck me was from her detailed observations, how often I’ve seen the same or similar behaviour, yet how little of it I have actually photographed. And I put it down to, “Oh, they are just Magpies”, while I was looking for that ‘elusive’ new species I needed to locate. 🙂
I think I wrote about that last week.
I’ve just finished a project with another group and wondered what I might contribute in 2020.
Which is why I’ve decided to spend the year collecting as many Magpie Pictures as I can.
So welcome to the announcement of the beginning of “The Magnificent Magpie project 2020”. Magnificent being the Magpie not the project, just so we’re all clear on that.
Rather than fill pages and pages of WordPress blog, I’m going to make it mostly a visual journey.
To do that, the photos will appear on a SMUGMUG folio.
Yes, I know all the flickr folk shudder at Smugmug, but they do make it very easy to create photo galleries and link the work in various threads.
And yes, I did spend a buck or two for the page, (50% off for Flickr pro members—no, its not a paid sales incentive remark, just explaining).
And I figured if I put some funds up front, I’d be more likely to consider it of value and the project might have continuity for the year.
Here is a link. https://birdsaspoetry.smugmug.com
My plan is to take photos of habitat, behaviour, activities, interaction, and other character qualities making each a gallery that is added to on a somewhat ad hoc basis as I come across Magpies in their day to day lives.
One good thing, is they are hardly rare, so I’m probably not going to get stuck for subjects.
Those that follow will see the galleries expand as move along with the project.
There are places to comment, and there are at the moment several other galleries in place with other images, as I began to figure out how it all worked. Hope you enjoy the way SmugMug shows of the images. There is a full page quad arrow for a bigger size.
I might also expand it for Local Birds, in my neighbourhood, and then birds from various locations that we visit. Like “the office”
Feeling good about a project that is not only interesting, but achievable.
Hope to see you over at SmugMug some time. I’ll put the occasional update page here just to keep it linked.
Yes, Birdsaspoety.com will continue, this is just a parallel work.
I can hear magpies calling as I write. 🙂