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White Wagtail

White Wagtail
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K20D, Sigma EX APO DG 50-500mm f/4-6.3, ISO 100, 86mm Kood UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-03 5:32
Viewed: 4011
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
Species: M. alba
Binomial name: Motacilla alba

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 the United Kingdom, 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.

It nests in crevices in stone walls and similar natural and man-made structures.

Date/time original 2-5-2009 14:46:18
Exposure time 1/200 s
F-number f/6.7
ISO speed ratings ISO 100
Exposure bias value 0.00 eV
Metering mode Spot
Flash Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal length 500 mm
White balance Auto white balance

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Hi Thijs
Beautiful, razor sharp image. Fantastic contrast, great blured background and nice grey colors. Also great moment. Nothing to critique ;-) I like it very much

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-03 6:48]

Hello Thijs
Excellent capture with good details and perfect BG.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-05-03 8:14]

Hi Thijs,
What an interesting pose!
I can't quite make it out. Is that the wing in a horizontal plane?
Fantastic details on that spread out wing.
What an acrobat... and on one leg too!
I love the way you framed this shot, with the branch coming in from the outside. Great effect.
TFS. : )

thats one lovely wagtail and a beautifully executed shot. love the display of wings here. the background also suits the image. i also like the composition here. tfs!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-03 9:33]

Hi Thijs. You have captured ths White Wagtailwith a nice pose with its wings out. You have good detail in the feathers with natural colours. The bird stands out so well against the plain BG. I like the frame. well done TFS.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-05-03 10:40]

Hello Thijs,
Unusual pose and fast reflex, excellent sharpness also all is composed very interesting.
Regards, Pawel

Wonderful capture of this little chap against a nicely oof bg. I particularly like the 'relaxed' pose with him (or her?) stretching.

Hi Thijs,
Beautiful capture of bird in action. Nice composition with attractive BG. Good sharpness on the bird. TFS - regards - Adil.

Hello Thijs,

What a fine capture of this very athletic-looking wagtail.
Despite this being somewhat of an action shot, the focus is sharp and the details of texture and colour are well recorded.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-03 14:28]

Hi Thijs,
Excellent capture of this Wagtail.I liked pose of bird,POV,framing and composition a lot.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

hello Thijs
excellent moment shot and photo

Hello Thijs,
Wonderful capture, beautiful colors, good sharpness,
lovely catchlight and nice oof background.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-05-28 11:29]

Ha Thijs,

Een fraaie opname van deze kwikstaart,de bekadering ziet er ook apart uit,fraai werk


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