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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-04
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-24 11:21
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Points: 26
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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.

This 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.

his is a slender bird, 16.519 cm (67 in) in length (East Asian subspecies are longer, to 21 cm (8 in), with the characteristic long, constantly wagging tail of its genus. The nominate subspecies Motacilla alba alba is basically grey above and white below, with a white face, black cap and black throat.

The call of the White Wagtail is a sharp chisick, slightly softer than the version given by Pied Wagtail. The song is a pleasant twittering, more regular in White than Pied, but with little territorial significance, since the male uses a series of contact calls to attract the female.

This species breeds throughout Eurasia up to latitudes 75N, only being absent in the Arctic from areas where the July isotherm is less than 4oC. It also breeds in the mountains of Morocco and western Alaska.

This species has a large range, with an estimated gextent of more than 10 million km (3.8 sq mi). The population size is unknown, but it is believed to be large, as the species is described as "common" in at least parts of its range.

The most conspicuous habit of this species is a near-constant tail wagging, a trait that has given the species, and indeed the genus, its common name. In spite of the ubiquity of this behaviour, the reasons for it are poorly understood.

White Wagtails are monogamous and defend breeding territories. The breeding season for most is from April to August, with the season starting later further north. Both sexes are responsible for building the nest, which is a rough cup assembled from twigs, grass, leaves and other plant matter. The nest is set into a crevice or hole; traditionally in a bank next to a river, but the species has also adapted to nesting in walls, bridges and buildings. Around 3-8 eggs are laid, with the usual number being 4-6. Both parents incubate the eggs, although the female generally does so for longer and incubates at night. The eggs begin to hatch after 12 days (sometimes as late as 16 days). Both parents feed the chicks until they fledge at around 14 days, and the chicks are fed for another week after fledging.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-24 11:25]

Hi Marius. This is a text book picture of the White Wagtail. Your use of the light has given such bright colours. Your sharp focusing has given fine detail. All with interesting notes. well taken TFs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-24 11:29]

Hello Marius,
Good photo of this White Wagtail in beautiful light and colours. Points of attention: There's a bit of noise around the bird and I should have cropped a piece from the noisy OOF FG. But the bird stands in a nice pose and the low POV is very good. Nice OOF BG and composition.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-11-24 11:33]

Detalii forte bune, culori frumoase si lumina excelenta.
Numai bine

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-24 11:43]

Hello Marius.
Nicely composed shot. Good clarity and detail. Great colours. Very nice work. TFS.
Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-24 11:44]

Foarte buna imagine despre aceasta codobatura in penaj aproape de vara, nenapirlita.Claritatea, culorile, detaliile sunt foarte bune, numai bine!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-24 11:46]

Hello Marius.

Fine capture of this White wagtail. In Holland we call them witte kwikstaart because the movements of the tail.
Details are very well to see even in the white parts wich can be very difficult at this kind of bird.
My compliments.

Br. Hans

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-24 11:47]

Hi Marius,
Beautiful capture.Iliked POV,eye contact,lighting and BG are excellent.
Thanks for posting..

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-24 12:44]

Seara buna Marius,
uite ca m-am intors cu noutati. Din pacate asemenea exemplare ca ale tale .. nu am gasit in mica mea exceursie. Foarte frumoasa aceasta si aceasta captura.
Iti doresc o seara frumoasa,

Hello Marius,

A great capture of this white Wagtail with beautiful colors, sharpness & details. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Very nicely taken & presented.

TFS & regards.


hello Marius
beautiful pose, very good focus and management of lighting, the colours and the details were attributed splendidly!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Marius,
a great capture of the White Wagtail taken from an excellent low POV in a typical pose on the ground, very good sharpness and beautiful warm colours
Best regards

Foarte buna claritate a pozei lasa sa se vada excelent detaliile acestei pasari.Bravo pentru fotografia asta.
Multe salutari.Alin.

Superb capture friend Marius! Congratulations for your 10 000 mark in TN! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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