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Motacilla alba

Motacilla alba
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-10-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cyber shot HX50V
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-07 20:56
Viewed: 998
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The white wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a small passerine bird in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. This species breeds in much of Europe and Asia and parts of north Africa. It is resident in the mildest parts of its range, but otherwise migrates to Africa. It has a toehold in Alaska as a scarce breeder. In the British Isles the darker sub-species the pied wagtail (M. a. yarrellii) predominates.

The white wagtail is an insectivorous bird of open country, often near habitation and water. It prefers bare areas for feeding, where it can see and pursue its prey. In urban areas it has adapted to foraging on paved areas such as car parks. It nests in crevices in stone walls and similar natural and man-made structures.

The white wagtail is the national bird of Latvia.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-08 5:47]

Hello Ram,
Very nice photo of this White Wagtail. Difficult to see what kind of subspecies this is. I think the M.a. personata. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colors in a fine composition. Attractive eye contact.

Hello Ram
Very nice photo. My interest on white wagtail began when I read an interesting article in a Sri Lankan Newspaper (http://archives.sundayobserver.lk/2011/12/11/spe06.asp ). Sharp image. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-11-08 11:32]

Hi Ram,a top sharp capture of this white wagtail in a difficult location talking about the 2 differents light levels,perfect exposure and a very impressive brightness too,no easy! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-08 15:52]

Hello Ram,
A very pretty bird with beautiful markings and lovely contrasting colors. Looks like you took the shot just before it entered into the harsh lighting which allowed you to expose it perfectly. Great eye contact with a tad bit of catchlight visible.

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