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This is the Australian currawong. It is only one bird, I've added an extra image to the one photo. Today it got caught in a garden net, as earlier did a satin bowerbird - http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Oceania/Australia/photo75075.htm - but the currawong was an angry bird which would not let me near, as you can see.

It is the size of a crow or raven, shiny black with some white on tail and wings, mainly visible when it flies - or when it is hanging on a mesh fence. Its voice (which does not photograph well with my simple camera :-) is musical, somewhere between a gargle and a yodel.

It is a socially destructive bird, competing for territory with every other bird, eating eggs and young from nests, driving smaller birds away.

The pictures taken with flash at cloudy dusk, from about 3m [10ft], telephoto. Auto colour lifted the black from the black background. A tiny bit of photoshop fill flash, and sharpening after putting the right hand image over the left hand and erasing around the bird. Not easy to find the boundary working in the black - a little cheating with the smudge tool in the end.

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