Magpies at Rocky Mountain National Park

When I entered RMNP on day one the very first area I got to was a large meadow which had a parking area for visitors to view wildlife.  All I saw that morning were birds, but they were magnificent birds.

I took the first few photos myself.  I have seen these birds various places on this trip but these are first pictures I’ve taken of them.

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Magpies are mostly black and white, but they also have very nice shades of blue and green on the tops of some of their feathers (these were at a distance so the color is off a bit).

Despite their simple coloration, in flight these are probably the most beautiful birds I have ever seen.  I watched them with binoculars which made the them appear crisp and clear as I watched them fly around the meadow.  I’m not quick enough or talented enough to catch them in flight with my camera so I’ve downloaded some images off the internet:

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(Photo credit: bbc.com)

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(Photo credit: rspb.org.uk)

If you are ever fortunate enough to see some magpies, take a break and enjoy a few minutes watching them.  You won’t ever forget it.