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Motacilla flava “superciliaris”

Motacilla flava “superciliaris”
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-25
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-25 7:45
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Motacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758. Male “superciliaris”
Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava is a small passerine bird of the family Motacillidae. It is a slender, 15–16 cm long bird, with the long, constantly wagging tail characteristic of the genus Motacilla. The adult male in breeding plumage is olive above and yellow below. In other plumages, the yellow may be diluted by white. The heads of breeding males have a variety of colours and patterns depending on subspecies and races. It is an insectivorous bird which inhabits open country near water.
Motacilla flava breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia and has a small population 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.

In Cyprus three subspecies are common passage migrants: M. f. feldegg, flava and thunbergi. Another three subspecies are less common migrants: beema is occasional while lutea and cinereocapilla are very rare.
M. f. feldegg is also a local breeding summer visitor.
M. f “superciliaris” is a rather frequent intergrade between feldegg and flava and probably also between feldegg and bema.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-25 8:11]

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic presentation of this Yellow Wagtail from your archive. High quality in al aspects. A beauty again. The composition with the small twig is gorgeous.

Hello Christodoulos

The ladder like thorny perch suits the central composition of the yellow wagtail perfectly. Amazing you got such a sharp snap when the wagtail must surely have been going updown on such a teeny weeny twig.

Hello Christodoulos,
Again a fantastic shoot.....A lovely presentation of a superb specie of birds. The contrast of this yellow bird against the bluryy dark background looks outstanding.......A perfect image in all aspects.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-25 8:55]

Hi Chris,what a magnificent capture,impresive quality of details,bright colors and a very nice composition too,very well done,have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

wow, great capture on ziziphus ? greetings Ori

Hi Christodoulos.
This is an artistic shot. Amazing colours. Great point of view. Excellent sharpness and details. Perfect background.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Christodoulos,
great capture of this bird with good sharpness and a well chosen POV. I also like the beautiful colours and the nice background. The composition with the little twig is just amazing.
Best wishes,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-06-25 9:55]

Giasou Christodoulos,
The impressive composition ..
Beautiful photo in good sharpness and natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Christodoulos,
An Excellent composition of this Yellow Wagtail poised on a twig that almost resembles a spring. Beautiful colours and eye contact captured in perfect clarity and detail. POV could not have been better. Great work my friend.
Best regards,
Be assured that I miss my TN friends a lot during my work related absence but everything will hopefully return to normal again in mid August.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-06-25 10:40]

Hi Christodoulos,
Nice colours,perfect point of view and excellent details.
Background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Christodoulos. Another magnificent compo for the coloured interesting bird. Detail and sharp are perfect. Best compliments.


Splendida foto con eccellenti dettagli de un’ottima nitidezza,stupendi i colori naturali per non parlare de composizione molto curata complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-25 12:32]

Hello Christodoulos,
Outstanding composition ! I truly love the way you captured the bird on the top of the twig !! Nice details and colors ! Lovely picture ! TFS Tina

Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful lighting BG, wonderful natural colors, ine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Great capture of this beautiful Yellow Wagtail. Nice color and detail. Great sharpness too.

Hello Christodoulos,

A fantastic capture with beautiful colors, sharpness & pose. very nicely composed & presented with a great POV. Great work & TFS.
Regards & best wishes!


Lovely image with the perch , i tried to do a workshop to include a bit of space on the right and it did not look good :-) so i must confess for this perch and presentation , the composition works :-).. Lovely colors and details as well
Goutham Ramesh

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-26 8:55]

What an interesting and colorful wagtail image, the perch is wonderful..looks like the bird doing some acrobat on that.. tfs.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-06-27 8:33]

Hola Christodoulos, hermosa foto llena de color de esta hermosa especie;buen fondo, enfoque y composicion ademas...saludos.

Hello Christodoulos,
wonderful shot, the branch has her charm, looks like motacilla her nails!

Giasou Christodoule
A brilliant bird, beautifully presented.
Excellent detail, background and colours.
regards yiannis

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-07-03 5:24]

Hello Christodoulos,
Missed this cute picture of the "Thorny Motacilla King". Special picture with a fine and pleasant colored background.
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up shot of this lovely Yellow Wagtail,
with great focus, sharpness and details,
wonderful light and color tones, TFS


Hi Christodoulos,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing withj precision the details and colors of the Yellow Wagtail on the branch. The morning light is giving vibrant colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Christodoulos,
An outstanding capture with fine delicacy,great details of plumage and excellent colours luminosity.
TFS and my regards,

Hello Christodoulos,

You're capturing well this bird by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see cute bird with black head, yellow body and brown wing. It's impressive that this is stopping on the top of sprig with red prickle, too. And, it's harmonized well with blurred/soft background.

Kind regards,

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