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White Wagtail

White Wagtail
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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-19 10:08
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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.
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. It has been suggested that it may flush prey, or signal submissiveness to other wagtails. A recent study has suggested instead that it is a signal of vigilance to potential predators.
Diet and feeding. The exact composition of the diet of White Wagtails varies by location, but terrestrial and aquatic insects and other small invertebrates form the major part of the diet. These range from beetles, dragonflies, small snails, spiders, worms, crustaceans, to maggots found in carcasses and, most importantly, flies in the order Diptera. Small fish fry have also been recorded in the diet. The White Wagtail is somewhat unusual in the parts of it range where it is non-migratory as it is an insectivorous bird that continues to feed on insects during the winter (most other insectivorous birds in temperate climates migrate or switch to more vegetable matter). Breeding. 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, with the male responsible for initiating the nest building and the female for finishing the process. For second broods in the subspecies personata the female alone builds the nest as the male is still provisioning the young. which is a rough cup assembled from twigs, grass, leaves and other plant matter. It is lined with soft materials, including animal hair. The nest is set into a crevice or hole; traditionally in a bank next to a river or ditch, but the species has also adapted to nesting in walls, bridges and buildings. One nest was found in the skull of a walrus. They species will nest in association with other animals, particularly where available the dams of beavers and also inside the nests of Golden Eagles. Around 3-8 eggs are laid, with the usual number being 4-6. Its eggs are cream-coloured, often with a faint bluish-green or turquoise tint, and heavily spotted with reddish brown; they measure, on average, 21 x 15 mm (0.83 x 0.59 inches). 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.
Though it is known to be a host species for the Common Cuckoo, the White Wagtail typically deserts its nest if it has been parasitised. Scientists theorise that this occurs because the wagtail is too small to push the intruding egg out of the nest, and too short-billed to destroy the egg by puncturing it.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Wagtail

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-09-19 10:10]

super! felicitari! o poza perfecta!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-19 10:22]

Hello Mircea,
Fantastic photo of this White Wagtail, taken from a perfect low POV in a very pleasing singing pose. Excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Great DOF and composition.

a very good photo performance!
regards Nasos

Hallo Mircea,
a fantastic capture of the White Wagtail taken from an excellent low point of view with fine details in a spectacular singing posture, very beautiful bright colours, a very nice composition
Best regards

Hello friend Mircea,
beautiful photo, excellent POV, sharpness and natural colors.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-19 12:27]

Hello Mircea.
What a wonderful shot! It is sharp, detailed and colourful. What a pity we can't hear it sing as well.
Best regards Siggi

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  • ricx Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 43] (241)
  • [2011-09-19 12:39]

You have the focus and the DOF spot on- excellent detail and quality of work.. a very interesting note about being a potential cukoo host. have a great eve Ricx

Hi Mircea,
A very good close up of the elegent looking bird. Your picture shows its markings so well. with good natural colours. well done

Ciao Mircea. Great capture fopr the bitd in action. Excellente management of light and colours.


Hello Mircea,

an fastastic shot from this wagtail with good low pov, eyecontact and sharpness with exellent dof so bg are blurred.
Fine colors.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-09-19 22:08]

Buna Mircea,
Excelenta fotografie, culori si detalii minunate, felicitari!

Hello Mircea
Great photo from a very good low POV. Excellent composition and impressive sharpness. The colours and the lighting are fantastic.

Super photo from an excellent point of view! You must have been quite low down! Good detail, light and colours. regards yiannis

Spectacular capture with a capital "S" in my opinion Mircea Radu Achim! Top class image!
George Veltchev

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-20 3:55]

Hello Mircea,
A very vivid bird-picture! I wonder what your White Wagtail is trying to communicate.. The colors of the shot are most subtle, love the different layers of smooth coloration. And most beautiful light too.
Very well done!
Kind regards

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-20 5:14]

This image is simply fantastic, Mircea!!!
Great sharpness, detail and splendid colors.
Great quality and great time taken!

nice singing, TFS Ori

Salut Mircea,
O imagine perfecta cu detalii impresionante. Culorile naturale si focusul extraordinar o fac o imagine de exceptie.
Pozitia pasarii este si ea una excelenta.

Hello Mirce, great capture,
Superb sharp detailed photo of this bird. Great DOF with a nice OOF BG. Beautiful contrasting and saturated colours. Good composition.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-09-20 7:59]

Hello Mircea,
Nice view singing wagtail although its song is very quiet. Perfect sharpness, good light and POV.
regards, Pawel

Hi Mircea, Fabulous capture of this White Wagtail bird with a little action, superb quality camera work here Mircea and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hi Mircea,
very nice photo of this bird. Great point of view. Excellent sharpness and depth of field.
Have a nice evening,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-20 9:45]

Hi Radu,what a timing to take the bird whit the mouth open! It seem to hear its voice..ehehe..great low point of view for this very nice perspective,magnificent plums details too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2011-09-20 12:58]

Nice clear shot of this little wagtail! You captured it in a nice pose. I like the low point of view. Well done!

Hello Mircea,
A very nice captured of this White Wagtail, great timing capture, nice highlighted eye and excellent details sharpness,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Ciao Mircea, great capture of lovely bird in nice singing pose, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Mircea,
lovely capture of this little bird with a well chosen low POV and good sharpness. I especially like the open mouth and the beautifully natural colours.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Mircea,
Très belle posture du sujet sous un bon angle de prise de vue et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

This is a great shot of this wagtail. You did a great job capturing it. It has good sharpness and deail.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-22 10:03]

Hi Mircea!
Excellente capture! Great timing!
Details of the bird are superb and stand out against the blurred BG very well!
Very well done: congratulations.
Ciao! Vanda

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