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I’m not an ornithologist but I know a bit about animal behaviour…

And the pose we see here means “…can I have some cheese, please?”…

I like the magpies, they are such bold and smart birds, some may say cunning! They easily get used to people and it takes a lot to scare them. When challenged for territory by other and twice as large birds they will fight their ground and usually win…

I know many don’t like magpies but I think it is wrong to judge a bird by human measures. There is no evil in birds, just an instinct to survive and it is the fittest that wins!

And of course he got his cheese, check out the workshop image! This is a “he” because of the size as they are visibly larger compared to females.

I know the WS technically is a better image, but it doesn’t illustrate the little story so well…

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Right after I published this we got the news about the first case of bird flu in Norway, luckily not the kind dangerous for people but regretfully bad news for our feathered friends!

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