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Blue headed wagtail

Blue headed wagtail
Photo Information
Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-02 10:47
Viewed: 3376
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Biebrza river in north eastern Poland is a semi natural river system. Large parts have been designated as nature. In the nothern part of the National Park are a few agricultural enclaves. It is presicely here that the Blue headed wagtail Motacilla flava is still quite common.
This bird was looking for small insects from the top of a tree and chased his meal like flycatchers do.

Below is some wiki information about this species:
The Blue-headed Wagtail (Motacilla flava), also known by a number of other names such as Yellow Wagtail is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws.

This species breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia and has a foothold in North America in Alaska. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, such as western Europe, but northern and eastern populations migrate to Africa and south Asia. The Beringian population, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, winters further down the Pacific coast.

This is an insectivorous bird of open country near water, such as wet meadows. It nests in tussocks, laying 4-8 speckled eggs.

This is a slender 15-16 cm long bird, with the characteristic long, constantly wagging tail of its genus. It is the shortest tailed of the European wagtails. The breeding adult male is basically olive above and yellow below. In other plumages, the yellow may be diluted by white.

The heads of breeding males come in a variety of colours and patterns depending on subspecies.

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Hello Jacob! Very good portrait. Good sharp. Nice colors. Good picture, very good.

Hello Jacob
This is a wonderful capture..the colours of the bird are so similar to the UK Blue Tit but the body size and shape looks like a UK starling.
The colours and light you have are superb considering he is way up the top of the tree.
TFS and Best Regards

Hello Jacob,
well pose of the Wagtail!
perfect exposure and focus with sharpness and details
thanks for sharing and the wonderful notes


Love the wagtail. Such beautiful colors and I like the framing you choose with the blue BG.



nice one jacob!
sharp with good compositon
i like this fine bird
well done!

Ha Jacob,

prachtig shot van deze Gele kwikstaart
scherpte en details zijn perfect
kleur steekt mooi af tegen de egaalblauwe achtergrond

TFS Thijs

Hello Jacob great shot of the wagtail with fine pose nice light tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-02 23:47]

Hi Jacob

Lovely composition and pose wiyh good detail and exposure.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-03 2:23]

Hi Jacob, very nice shot and well composed. Good portrait with a profile view. The bird is nice and sharp showing great detail. Wonderful light and colours and looks great against the clear blue sky.

Ottima fotografia! Ottimi colori e dettagli e anche la composizione.

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-03 10:36]

Hallo Jacob,
Prachtige opname van deze Kwikstaart. Mooie natuurlijke belichting en goede scherpte. Goede diepte in de foto en goede compositie.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-04 11:25]

Hello Jacob,
I love it when the first of these pretty Wagtails arrive to our wetlands in spring. You've really captued its beauty very well here. Excellent sharpness and true colours. I like its pose on the birch branch and the plain background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-04 18:14]

Hello Jacob
I like little birds like this and you have captured it well..The plumage detail is excellent.The colours are natural and well saturated.The POV and DOF are well done.TFS


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-05 0:39]

Hello Jacob,
Nice photo of this Blue headed wagtail. I liked the composition, light, colors and POV.
Best wishes,

Hello Jacob,
very clear, detailed, well exposed, well composed capture of that rare wagtail on its outlook against a pale blue sky of spring. Perfectly well describing and beautiful document.
Thank you!
With best regards,

P.S.: Hope you don't mind that I tried a little workshop, resharpening this pretty telephoto capture, and slightly increasing its contrast and saturation by postwork for web presentation.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-27 8:52]

Hello Jacob,
I missed this fine capture of a Blue-headed Wagtail. A superb sharp photo set in a fine composition against a sunny blue sky. Perhaps we ought to travel down to Poland sometime!
TFS and a fine weekend to you abnd your family.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-27 12:08]

Hello Jacob, great bird shot with a very good composition and a strong technique. Well done, thanks !


It's common also in Italy but it's not easy to shot.
Excellent work.


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