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White Wagtail

White Wagtail
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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: 2010-12-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-04 17:19
Viewed: 2789
Points: 15
[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 some areas, notably Britain and Ireland, the sub-species Pied Wagtail (M. a. yarrellii) predominates.

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.

The White Wagtail is the national bird of Latvia.


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Hello Ram.
This is an excellent bird shot on the ground. Details are amazing with well exposed plumage.
Beautiful sharp image and thanks for sharing - Jusni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-05 2:29]

Hi Ram,excellent pic,i like a lot the great light balance in this full sun situation,very good sharpness and simple but nice composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao Ram. Very good captire with right focused eye and good light.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-05 5:03]

You made a fine capture of a species that I didn't realise occurred in India Ram.
This is technically first class, a fine lateral POV showing this White Wagtail well with excellent contrast against the dry grassy BG with a nice catch-light in the eye.
Thanks for sharing this,
Kind regards,

Ciao Ram, lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-06 2:43]

Hello Ram,
very nice and dramatic depth of field giving this view a lively scenery.
a simple but exciting shot of colours and features of the wagtail.
Nicely presented with exciting lighting.


Hello Ram
lovely shot of this White Wagtail standing so well in the full sunshine,
this model is very beautiful and captured with sharp details and very natural colors, wonderful POV a,nd environment
Have a good night

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-10 9:46]

Hi Ram.
This species is widespread in my countryside and one of them lives on roof of my house. I took many shot but cannot dare to share one of them till now. Your shot I would share at once. Very cute individual, great exposure and reproduction of all its features, nice precise DOF. My best regards and TFS.

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