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Grey Wagtail

Grey 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: 2012-09-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-15 5:22
Viewed: 1655
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this Wagtail on school campus in September last. My research about this species has not led me to any specific conclusion.
Experts may guide me if they are certain about its actual ID.

PS: Tom & Peter have identified this bird as Grey Wagtail. I'll go with them. Thanks, friends!

The Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) is a small member of the wagtail family, Motacillidae. The species looks similar to the Yellow Wagtail but has the yellow on its underside restricted to the throat and vent. Breeding males have a black throat. The species is widely distributed, with several populations breeding in Europe and Asia and migrating to tropical regions in Asia and Africa. They are usually seen on open marshy ground or meadows where they walk solitarily or in pairs along the ground, capturing insects that are disturbed. Like other wagtails, they frequently wag their tail and fly low with undulations and they have a sharp call that is often given in flight.


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hallo Ram
very nice shot with good details and beautiful colours
thansk greeting lou

Hello Mr.Ram Thakur,
Again a beautiful picture of 'Yellow Wagtail'.You have captured its nice shape of body with well sharpness and colour.Mainly I want to say about the catching light which has given this picture an outstanding platform.I like it.
Thanks for sharing such nice picture,
Kind regards and respect,

Good Evening Mr. Thakur,

A very nice photo of the yellow wagtail..You are very fortunate that you live in a place which has plenty of greenery all around..

Thanks for sharing this lovely picture..


Dear Ram
the very long tail and the grey mantle make it a Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea, but a female with no dark bib.
Lovely colors and good compo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-15 6:48]

Hello Ram,
Very nice photo of a female Grey Wagtail. I fully agree with Tom. Taken from a good low POV in beautiful light and colours. Fine composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-15 7:01]

Hi Ram,very nice capture of this slim wagtail,excellent exposure for the best white and yellow and good details too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Ram
This Wagtail is very a very elegant bird and you have caught him in very nice pose with great light. A POV that caught his eye and a composition that places him in nice natural colourful scene. Nicely done.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello Mr. Ram
Nice to see another common bird species between our countries. I have seen it mostly in winter period, or mountainous areas in summer.
You nicely captured it from lateral POV. Thanks for sharing. All the best

時間點掌握清晰 正確
好像是偷拍的感覺 哈哈

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-15 19:22]

Hello Ram,
You have done a fine job of photographing this very sleek and colorful Wagtail in it's natural habitat. I really like the very low POV and good eye contact you managed to capture. Focus is sharp and exposure is right on the money. Great job!!
I see Tom and Peter helped with the ID. This is one thing I like about TN members, they are always willing and ready to help other members out when they have a need.

hello Ram,

how are you? i think you have got the correct ID. i too had much confusion.. this yellow colour misleads. i met them in North Bengal.. nice memories :)
the catch-light and plumage have come to be excellent. charming light. tfs.

have a nice weekend..

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