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Water Pipit

Water Pipit
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-01 20:44
Viewed: 2153
Points: 20
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New specie in my gallery...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Water Pipit, Anthus spinoletta, is a small passerine bird which breeds in the mountains of southern Europe and southern temperate Asia across to China. It is a short-distance migrant moving to wet open lowlands such as marshes and flooded fields in winter. Some birds migrate north to Britain for winter, taking advantage of the warm oceanic climate.
Like most other pipits, this is an undistinguished looking species on the ground, mainly brown above and dark streaked buff below. It has dark legs, white outer tail feathers and a longish dark bill. In summer it has a distinctive breeding plumage, with a pinkish breast, grey head and pale supercilium.
The Rock Pipit's subspecies littoralis in summer plumage is very close in outward appearance to the Water Pipit however. They can be told apart by their song, and occupy different habitat types even when they occur in the same general area. The Water Pipit is also much less approachable than the Rock Pipit, rising high and quickly leaving the vicinity when approached. Water and Buff-bellied Pipit do not co-occur except in a small area in Central Asia.
This species is insectivorous. Its call is an explosive "fit", like Rock Pipit. Its song is similar, but it consisting of maybe 5 "blocks" of just about half a dozen notes each (the Rock Pipit has fewer, but longer blocks); it ends either with no or with repeated trills.
Formerly included in the Water Pipit were the subspecies now separated as Rock Pipit and Buff-bellied Pipit. The former is more closely related to the Water Pipit than the latter, as indicated by external and molecular characteristics.

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Ciao Razvan, lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Buna Razvan,
Felicitari pentru aceasta specie noua in album!
Numai bine,

Nice little bird which reminds me of our Cape Wagtail, Razvan!
george veltchev

Hello Razvan,
A lovely bird in his natural setting, great eye-contact, beautiful colours and good sharpness, a lovely nature shot, Congratulations for new specie in your gallery,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

a very beautiful scene, your composition, great performance!
regards, Nasos

Ciao Razvan. Magnificent colours an light in a lovely compo.


Bonjour Razvan,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Zetu, superb capture of this fine Water Pipet, great effort and very well done,


Hello Razvan
Beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours. A common species in Cyprus during migration.

Buna Razvan
Excelenta foto al unei specii pe care nam mai intalnit-o.Detalii si culori foarte bune.

Buna Razvan,
Frumoasa pasare. Detaliile si culorile sunt excelente.
Ai multe pasari migratoare in zona....
Numai bine!

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