Sharp-eyed observers may have noticed the jumble of wire and sticks keeping me company on my Twitter feed.
The jumble is, in fact, the crown jewel in my small but treasured collection of birds' nests.
(Before you start panicking, no innocent avian families were evicted to fuel my curiosity. All the nests I've collected have been found long-abandoned, usually dislodged from trees during storms.)
The magpie nest is no exception. It came to ground in a park close to Landscapology HQ during a skull-rattling thunderstorm at the end of last year, along with several trees, many branches, and a potentially lethal confetti of Kauri Pine cones.
The Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen) is a handsome birdy, dressed and ready for the ball in glossy black and white plumage.