Or.. Magpie for short.
Polygamy never works. (For long)... But then... neither does monogomy. Anyway, Australian magpies live in groups of between three to twenty four (baked in a pie) but usually only one adult male fathers any kids in the group. Usually only one nest hatches chicks as the other mothers find it hard to incubate and feed alone, as the male is too busy defending the territory and doing other really important male stuff like fighting and looking impressive.
This one was eyeing off a large light coloured spider, which it ate
half a second later. Good day for the magpie, the spider had
experienced better days.
I really love the fine elegance and balanced poise of this pose.
Early australian settlers named the magpie after the European magpie, a long tailed black and white bird of the crow family, with which this bird has little in common except colouring.