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For the little ones

For the little ones
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-06-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-07-20 8:18
Viewed: 1293
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava, is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws.

This species breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia and has a foothold in North America in Alaska. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, such as western Europe, but northern and eastern populations migrate to Africa and south Asia. The Beringian population winters further down the Pacific coast.

Vagrant individuals occur around the winter quarters at migration time. For example, on Palau in Micronesia migrant flocks of this species – apparently of the Bering Sea Yellow Wagtail, and including many adult males – are regularly seen, while further north on the Marianas, only the occasional stray individual – usually females or immatures as it seems – is encountered.

It is a slender 15–16 cm long bird, with the characteristic long, constantly wagging tail of its genus. It is the shortest tailed of the European wagtails. The breeding adult male is basically olive above and yellow below. In other plumages, the yellow may be diluted by white. The heads of breeding males come in a variety of colours and patterns depending on subspecies.

The call is a characteristic high-pitched jeet.

This insectivorous bird inhabits open country near water, such as wet meadows. It nests in tussocks, laying 4-8 speckled eggs.

This species' systematics and phylogeny is extremely confusing. Literally dozens of subspecies have been described at one time or another, and some 15-20 are currently considered valid depending on which author reviews them. In addition, the Citrine Wagtail (M. citreola) forms a cryptic species complex with this bird; both taxa as conventionally delimited are paraphyletic in respect to each other. The populations of the Beringian region are sometimes separated as Eastern Yellow Wagtail (M. tschutschensis).

Source: Wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2016-07-20 8:58]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful image of a beautiful bird.
Outstanding focus, sharpness, details, colors and POV.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-07-20 10:50]

Hi Peter,excellent capture,i can see a blue damselfly on the beak of this wagtail,a rich dinnder for the new borns,and a very sharp and bright pic too,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,
she must have had her nest just near! Well taken shot of this wagtail in front of the water
have a nice day

Hello Peter,
Lovely image with excellent colors. This bird seems to be very busy for feeding his chicks....Nice contrast against the background.

hallo Peter
een bek vol lekkers voor de jongen
super goed genomen met prachtige kleuren
bedankt weer gr lou

Hi Peter,

The vegetation is framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Yellow Wagtail. The good luminosity is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Peter,
Quite well captured this "Yellow Wagtail" in its natural habitat. From such difficult position you captured it quite well. Personally I'm missing glossiness on the photograph; mainly if we look at bird's feather. May be I'm wrong but it's my personal opinion.
Thanks for sharing with informative NOTE,

Ciao Peter, nice scene with lovely bird, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
Nice composition, good action, thousand point my friend,

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