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Motacilla alba personata

Motacilla alba personata
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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: 2015-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cyber shot HX50V
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-03-25 1:04
Viewed: 739
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this Masked White Wagtail on the parking lot of my school yesterday at noon time (see the shadow of the bird below it). I had my compact camera with me and it was getting difficult to zoom and focus on the bird while it kept on moving hither and thither in its typical foraging manner. A quick shutter action in such situations leaves no scope for framing the shot, so I ended up capturing it with not much space in front of it. That explains the compositional drawback in this picture which is not the result of close cropping. Still, I hope you would like it.

Masked White Wagtail (Motacilla alba personata)is a small passerine bird in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and long-claws. 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 the British Isles, the darker sub-species the pied wagtail (M. a. yarrellii) predominates.

The white wagtail 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
Its subspecies Masked wagtail (M. a. personata) has an all-black head with a white face mask and is found in Hindu Kush, Tian Shan, Altay Mountains (northern Iran), Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Xinjiang.


This species has a large range, with an estimated extent of more than 10 million km2 (3.8 million 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. Population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated to be of least concern. The population in Europe appears to be stable. The species has adapted well to human changes to the environment and has exploited human changes such as man-made structures that are used for nesting sites and increased open areas that are used for foraging.


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Hello Ram

Very interesting post of this insectivorous bird, very nice lighting,
excellent sharpness and details, nice composition, beautiful natural colors, very good clarity, nice POV.



Hello Ram,
Another interesting image with excellent clarity and sharp details. The photographers note are useful. I meet only the White Wagtail in my region....I like the natural colors of this nice bird.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Mr. Ram,
Nice to see your posts again. You grealy capture this pretty wagtail on ground. Focus, white balance and POV very nice. I also like its foot movements and it supplies a dynamic pose. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes from Turkiye

hallo Ram
very nice shot with good details
the colours are beautiful
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-03-25 12:07]

Hi Ram,excellent capture of this rare wagtail,the details are impressive and the pose is the best to watch its plumage desing,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-03-25 19:52]

Hello Ram,
Seems like you are always finding interesting subjects to photograph at your school. This is just another example of the beautiful bird species you have encountered. Under the hurried circumstances and the way it was continually moving you did a fantastic job in this instance.
The black, white and gray contrasting colors in it's plumage are simply gorgeous. I love the unusual marking on it's head, especially the white on it's forehead and around the eye. A very sleek looking bird with a rather long tail. You managed to capture this moving subject in excellent detail and just the right exposure. TFS.

Hello Ram

Just before reading your comments, in my head I was telling if it was more space
in front of the Masked White Wagtail, with its foot movement it would be better image,
probably you was fully zooming, on that situations sometimes I love less zooming,
the bird is superbly focused and its foot movement giving dynamism to the image,
and the little catch-light always improving the photo with rendering it more beautiful, TFS


Hi Ram,

very good shot of this white-wagtail!!!

Thanks for sharing.

Sharp photo with nice natural colors and excellent details.


Bonjour Ram,
Excellente valorisation du sujet par son opposition à l'arrière plan dans une lumière bien maitrisée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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