On Friday, I went to Florence Park, Oxford UK to do a few things. I wanted to see if I could photograph the park with autumn colours, and also to try the Sony 500mm F8 autofocus mirror reflex lens with continuous autofocus on Sony A6000. But while at the park sitting at one of the park benches, a magpie was scavenging around where I was sitting and chirping away at me; perhaps telling me I was invading its space. It is not often that a bird gets that close to me and is not frightened away.
As I had my Sony A7R + FE 20-70mm with me, I took this out and started snapping the magpie while it was moving about, occasionally looking at me. Perhaps it was begging for some food. At one point it had jumped up on the bench very close to my Sony A6000 with 500/8 autofocus mirror reflex lens – it was that close; that was the sign that prompted me to consider photographing it.
I always thought the magpie was just black and white, but as can be seen it does have some nice blue to its feathers. Just goes to show that sometimes a photoshooting opportunity can present itself when you least expect it.