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two of a kind - Greater Necklaced Laughing-thrush by Jamie-MacArthur two of a kind - Greater Necklaced Laughing-thrush by Jamie-MacArthur
Whilst walking through a recreational park in China I could hear a lot of bird noise. Birds were chasing an Azure winged magpie through the trees because it had a fledgling in its mouth. The Magpie eventually dropped it not far from where I was standing, so I ran over to it. As soon asI got there I I saw the adult and I froze, it was the bird I was hoping to see the whole trip. I slowly brought my camera to my eye trying not to shake as it was within 5 feet of me the 'Greater Necklaced Laughing Thrush'. I just couldn't believe it, it just landed there. I managed to shoot off about 150 photos ;-)

Then I realised the fledgling was still alive ;-) 5 individuals had chased the magpie until it dropped to the ground eventually it ran for shelter. 2 of the thrushes kept the magpie at bay whilst it tried to get at it again. Eventually the fledging climbed up the bush in front of me and each of the adults took turns feeding it The whole thing was just unbelievable, I'll never forget it.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Like Pencillover said, a stunning shot, but the story is even more amazing! A gorgeous bird too, to top it off :love:
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you Frédérique ;-)
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
A beautiful image and a wonderful story! I very much enjoy hearing the stories behind the pictures....
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thank you Barbara ;-)
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
It is always my pleasure. :wave:
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Laur720 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing capture of a lovely pair.
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
thank you so much Lauren ;-)
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Laur720 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yw :)
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Trinitite Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Simply gorgeous! Such crisp detail and wonderful colors!
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
thank you again Jade :-)
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bluemysticart Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
What a story, Jamie! :wow: I'm really happy that you got this excellent opportunity! I don't think it could get any better- it's perfection, my dear! :love: I'm relieved that the fledgling made out ok in the end too. :floating:
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Me too, it was actually 108 degrees F and 85% humidity . I was drenched through excitement and the climate - I will never forget it for the rest of my life :-) thank you for your lively comment :hug:
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bluemysticart Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
I can imagine! My pleasure, Jamie. :hug: I'm really glad you got your magical moment with them :)
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meihua Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Wow, that is such an amazing encounter! And you got such great photos from it too :) :+fav:
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thank you again Robin :-)
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
looks good
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thank you again :-)
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zv3zda Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Nice birds! ;)

haha, I have read Sezaii's comment about HQ photo in book (encyclopedia), same idea flashed in my mind. :giggle:
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Cheers zv3zda you are to kind again
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Sezaii Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow you really do have such great adventures!
This picture looks like one of those photos you would expect in a very high prices bird spotting book its so good! How you have caught them in those two lovely poses is brilliant! The focus and sharpness is just perfect to! Just amazing! Definitely one of my fav photos of yours so far!!
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thank you so much again Matte :-)
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PencilLover Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
A beautiful picture and an even more beautiful story :)
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
thank you Julia :hug:
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PencilLover Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
:aww:
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