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Just returned home

Just returned home
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos of birds singing, Great Workshops [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-14 12:45
Viewed: 4172
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Wagtail ( Motacilla alba alba) just returned to breeding area in South-West Finland.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a small passerine 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.
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.
This is a slender bird, 16.5-19 cm in length (East Asian subspecies longer to 21 cm), 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 resident British subspecies, the (British) Pied Wagtail (M. a. yarrellii) exchanges the grey color with black (or very dark grey in females), but is otherwise identical in its behaviour.
It is likely that the differentiation of White Wagtail into two subspecies in western Europe has arisen because of the partial isolation of the mainly resident British form, although M. a. yarrellii now also breeds in adjacent areas of the neighbouring European mainland.

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Hello Pekka,

Yes winter is over and spring is in the air.
All these wonderful birds wich we don't see in winter time are returning now.
A great joy to lissen to and look at all these birds again.
Love the pose of Wagtail and the composition is very good.
Have the idea that the image is a little under exposed thow and cn use a little more clarity.
I've done a little workshop on the image. Hope you like it.
Very good note!

Warm regards, Harry

Hi Pekka,
Very nice capture. Good composition and details.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-04-14 22:32]

Hi Pekka, very nice your wagtail, it suggest me an "early spring morning". Beautiful details and contrast subject/background.

TFS, Dan.

Hello Pekka,
The image is real sharp with very details on the Wagtail!
the exposure and focus is perfect
well done
best regards

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  • tasos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 14] (167)
  • [2008-04-15 1:52]

Nice picture with excellent timing ang background.

Splended shot, Pekka.
Very well timed and captured...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-15 14:18]

Hi Pekka,

Wonderful timing to catch this Wagtail while he is singing. I have a thing for open beaked birds. This is a pretty bird which I have not seen in real life.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-15 16:21]

This is a sweet and very well composed picture, Pekka, I like it. The lines in the piece of wood with the lines in the plumage give strength and direction to the eye. The colours are dimmed but atmospheric, I like the overcast with the mute colours, very nice. Thank you!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-15 22:20]

Hello Pekka,
It seems very happy to be home. Great image with sharp focus and good exposure gives us a wonderfully sharp image to view. Thank you for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-16 4:38]

Hej Pekka,
Fine capture of the Wagtail singing in a nice pose. I've not seen one here yet although they should be here any time now! This one is greatly in focus, details are sharp and I like the plain background that sets it off.
Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

hello Pekka

i love this kind of photos where you wait the good moment
to shoot the image (in this image the bird's singing),
the POV and the framing of the image are excellent,
with great sharpness and details of the foreground, TFS


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