This year's Birds in Art contribution from me. I completed this painting just prior to heading to Colorado last month, having come up with an approximate composition but lacking good Magpie reference. The generosity of a sculptor friend provided the reference I needed. Of course my trip resulted in hundreds of excellent photos of my own of Magpies in every conceivable position and light condition, well after I could have used it. I suppose a few more Magpie subjects will be painted (or sculpted?).