This Magpie was singing a greeting to a new day with gusto, its lovely flute-like warbling echoed around the headland and followed me as I strolled past. You can hear its song on this page.
Sociable Pied Magpies are one of the most common and familiar of Australian birds and usually live in family groups of between 4-20 but they can be antagonistic to other groups or any intruder be it human or eagle.
They are reknown for swooping on unsuspecting pedestrians who unknowingly wander near their nest sites. Its a common sight at nesting time to see people walking along waving sticks or umbrellas in the air or flapping their arms to ward off the dive bombers!
Acknowledgement: Slaters Field Guide to Australian birds.