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Swooping magpie pix

Postby TraceyG » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:52 pm

Slowly getting back on the bike after an enforced break due to illness and I was pretty sure I would encounter at least one territorial magpie on my first ride so I strapped on the GoPro.

Here are a couple of still shots
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I am trying to edit the video and will upload if/when I succeed but these pix are pretty dramatic!

Edit - not sure what has happened with the first pic...on my PC and in Photobucket it shows the entire bird but here it cuts off its head.

Any suggestions for fixing this welcomed.
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby oxonabike » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:17 pm

Right click the image and "open in new tab" or similar - depending on your browser.
Or reduce the image size you upload.

Anyway, a remarkably evil looking bird!
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby find_bruce » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:29 pm

You have managed to capture the stuka dive in all its glory with the full armament of beak, claws & wings on display. Well done.
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby macca33 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:05 pm

Hahaha - great shots there Tracey. I've fallen foul of plenty of those buggers the past fortnight!

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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby TraceyG » Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:05 pm

oxonabike wrote:Right click the image and "open in new tab" or similar - depending on your browser.
Or reduce the image size you upload.

Anyway, a remarkably evil looking bird!



Thanks. Right click and open in new tab shows him in all his evil glory.
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby DoubleSpeeded » Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:44 pm

find_bruce wrote:You have managed to capture the stuka dive in all its glory with the full armament of beak, claws & wings on display. Well done.


Yep, they bare the Iron Cross... i do not... the life of me... like these Luftwaffe birds.....
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby andione1983 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:17 pm

Brilliant photos

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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:40 pm

TraceyG wrote:Edit - not sure what has happened with the first pic...on my PC and in Photobucket it shows the entire bird but here it cuts off its head.

Any suggestions for fixing this welcomed.

The forum software will crop large images to the right on smaller monitors, comes up fine on my 22"WS.

800x600px seems to give good results for 90% of users.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby wombatK » Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:02 pm

Great shots TraceyG and an excellent GoPro application - looking forward to the video too
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby clackers » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:32 am

Fantastic shots, Tracey ... had me traumatized just sitting in my chair at work!
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby hannos » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:53 am

You're moving so fast you're leaving ripples on the water in the second pic.
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby winstonw » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:56 am

hadn't realized how long and narrow their beak is. No wonder they are so successful at poking it into eyes.

clever use of a go pro. thanks.
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby InTheWoods » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:46 pm

Nice! I'd been thinking of doing the same but have never gotten around to it, yet :)
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby birdbrain » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:48 pm

Awesome shots Tracey.
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby TraceyG » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:47 pm

hannos wrote:You're moving so fast you're leaving ripples on the water in the second pic.

LOL. Actually, the ripples on the water were caused by an extremely strong headwind. I was struggling to hit 18kmh. But with the tailwind going home I was cruising at 45kmh.
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Swooping magpie pix

Postby Warnesy » Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:50 pm

Great pics, even if they are my most hated bird
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby Mugglechops » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:27 pm

I am doing that for sure with my Go Pro.

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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby wombatK » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:57 pm

Winstow wrote:hadn't realized how long and narrow their beak is

The wide angle of the GoPro lens gives a fish-eye effect that is exaggerating the size of birds beak and
head (relative to its body etc.,.). So it's not as fearsome as the picture suggests, but still big enough
to do major damage to eyes, ears etc.,.

GoPro have just released the GoPro studio App, which has an option to make a correction for the
fish-eye distortion.

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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby Summernight » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:20 pm

Fantastic photos! :)
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby trailgumby » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:44 pm

There's one returned to King St Manly Vale again that is particularly persistent. I'll fit the camera to the helmet and try to catch him next week. Persistent little blighter. :lol:
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby DaveOZ » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:53 pm

Great pics. I actually love magpies and try my best to talk to them while they attack. I think it helps.....
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby clackers » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:06 pm

DaveOZ wrote:Great pics. I actually love magpies and try my best to talk to them while they attack. I think it helps.....


I'd love to see Go Pro footage of you trying to persuade a magpie to be less of a magpie, Dave! :-)
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:21 pm

It's September, they're all show anyway... :|
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Re: Swooping magpie pix

Postby gossy » Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:41 pm

^^^^^^^^^ Classic comment ^^^^^^^
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Postby ldrcycles » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:41 pm

DaveOZ wrote:Great pics. I actually love magpies and try my best to talk to them while they attack. I think it helps.....


Yea I often "talk" to magpies when I encounter them. You'll understand if I don't post a video of such "talking", this is a family forum after all :lol: .
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