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Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail at 6.00am

Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail at 6.00am
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos, Bayram's Favorites-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-13 4:38
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I mentioned in a previous post how great the light can be at dawn. This was taken about 45 mins. after sunrise.
In this light the red end of the spectrum dominates, making the yellow of this male Blue-headed Wagtail (Motacilla flava flava) almost glow.

The Yellow wagtail is a summer visitor to wetlands in Sweden and in the south the 'blue-headed' race, flava, dominates.

I got up at 4.30 am to use the clear morning light at a local wetland nature reserve. This is the same reserve Ulla took her 400th post a few days previously.

I took this from my portable hide but at 10 meters it was not that close, which meant fairly heavy cropping.

After size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-13 4:43]

Hi Ivan. It was worth the getting up early for this one. I have a few days of so i must do the same . The light in the picture of the little Wagtail is first class. Which has given warm colours. even from 10 meters this is a fine shot with good detail. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Hi Ivan,
A lovely capture of this beautiful wagtail bird. Excellent sharp details with very nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Sorry :D later.

Hello Ivan
You have made the most of the best part of the day without a doubt...The early sun has a rich glow which you have captured so well here giving gloriously rich natural colours on this lovely wagtail..A fine shot indeed and thanks for sharing it.
Carry on enjoying your early morning trips..The photos are stunning.
Best Regards

Lighting is everything - and you've done a great job using it here, Ivan. I love the colors you've brought out in not only the bird, but the background surrounding it. Looks like the light is softly washing over him, but still hasn't quite reached the area behind him. Very cool effect!! A great capture of the little bird, with wonderful detail despite the heavy cropping. I'm impressed! Penny

I agree with you, Ivan. The light of the dawn casts a magical spell on things. Your picture shows the effect of this light very forcefully in this lovely capture of a Wagtail.
Thanks for sharing this marvellous picture and warm regards.

Hi Ivan!
Great capture of this beutifull bird. Great warm sunlight, composition and colours. Very good sharpness and POV.

Splendida immagine, eccellenti POV e composizione con la bellissima posa sulla pietra, ottima nitidezza, meravigliosi i colori con le tonalitÓ calde del mattino e magnifico BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Ivan,
great POV and DOF! Nice colors and good sharpness! Well done..

Hi Ivan
Fantastic shot with crystal clear detail in the image
Beautiful light and color with nice catchlite in eye
Lovely pose and OOF BG
tfs jon

Isn't dawn a wonderful time as you show here??? the human mind works a bit slowly but nature and light in this instance are always forgiving....A fine capture and teh almost boulder on which it stands is worthy of note as well..I am wondering what it is? Granite? I see lichen on it..and I see the glow of some mineral of some sort..being a gold panner...I am always looking not only for golden colours but for other things in geologic forms which indicate something more than "just a rock"....lovely overall colour Ivan.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-13 7:55]

Dear Ivan,
This is fabulous, the wee hours of the day can be just felt as one looks at the bird awash in the golden morning light.Kudos to your efforts to try this capture that is wonderfuly done with superb sharpness and colours.The cropping doesnot reduce the beauty of the shot in anyway.
Thank you...


Hi Ivan,

Beautiful capture, no wonder they say early bird catches the worm :) The morning light is truly golden when reflected of the yellow bird. Great shot.TFS

Lovely capture Ivan, this bird still looks sleepy, a great capture and well worth getting up early for, the colours are superb. tfs regards h

Wowwww. my friend Ivan what a beautiful and excellent capture of this very beautiful Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail. This is the one of two best bird capture which I have seen today (the other is of James) Perfect! TFS. and of course it should be take its place in my favs.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-13 9:01]

Hi Ivan,

A great capture ot from the hide,the colors and details are really great,I went yesterday evening for a walk and I spotted 2 wild boars,unfortunately they saw me probably first,but perhaps I will have a go with the hide as well later this leave,thanks for sharing and regards from the North


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-13 9:10]

Hi Ivan,

They say the early bird catches the worm - the only time I'm up that early is for an airplane. The lighting is magnificent! The Wagtail just glows. Colors are wonderful, details are razor sharp, pose is great and the background is fantastic.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-05-13 10:18]

Hello Ivan,

Very nice composition. I like the sunlight very much. It enhances the yellow colour of this wagtail. Great sharpness. Wonderful colours.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-05-13 10:24]

hij is prachtig Ivan.
hier kan ik eigenlijk alleen maar zeggen, prachtig stukje vakmanschap, proficiat en prettige avond.
groet Jaap

Hello Ivan,
Yes, you are right: the colours are really beautiful. I like the attitude of the bird taking the morning sun. Very well done. TFS,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-13 11:08]

Hi Ivan

Superb capture of the Wagtail enjoying the beautiful Dawn light, I'm normally heading to work at this time so I know how nice it can be.
Nicely composed with a great pose and I like where the bird is positioned in the frame.
Good details, excellent colours and lovely light.


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-13 12:07]

Hola Ivan, me gusta el encuadre y la composiciˇn, dandole aire hacia donde mira el pajaro(hay libertad). Una toma con muy buena luz y color. Un saludo

Hi Ivan,
this Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail is well presented here.
Excellent POV and DOF. Colors and detail very good.

Hello Ivan!
I have to say that one of my favourite element of composition in photography is simplicity. And this picture has it, and it is kept in perfect way! :>
For the first view "only" a bird on the stone, but what we need more? Especially if DOF, sharpness, colours of late afternoon are very good.
TFS and best regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-13 13:49]

Hi Ivan

This is publication quality, the excellent pose, plus wonderful detail and light make it so. Expert work.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-13 14:13]

Hi Ivan,
Light is beautiful, so are the details, composition, color tones and pose you caught. TFS

Hello Ivan

Very nice picture of this litttle beauty. Excellent light and very nice colours. Great focus with nice details in the plumage an a well blurred background. the composition with the bird out of center is very nice.

All over a very pleasant picture to look at.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-13 15:36]

Hello Ivan,
Yes that amazing morning light and you have used it to great advantage here, what wonderful colors Ivan. Nice details for a heavy crop and just a splendid image all around. Thank you.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-13 17:03]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
We say here in Mexico that "people who get up early in the morning, God always give a hand"
Great photo. Beuatiful colors and lovly pose of this bird.
Saludos Un fuerte abrazo.

Hello Ivan,
interesting and good notes get richer this great post. Your model very lovely in early morning. Great shot with focus, POV, composition and colors also. Thanks. best wishes my friend

wonderful sharpness and great details.beautiful light and colors!

Hi Ivan,

Excellent capture of one of my favourites. Very nice lighting, good pose, great bright colours and pin sharp details.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-14 0:56]

Hello Ivan,
This is so beautiful! I can look at it for a long time. What a splendid light. The colours and sharpness are amazing. Evenso the DOF, BG and composition. Very impressive.

Hi Ivan,
THe early morning sun exaggerated the warm colorings of this wagtail beautifully, almost saturating the yellows my friend, so not every early riser captures the worm, some capture the bird itself! Lucky for us, eh dostum?

Hi Ivan, lovely little bird with fine details and great colors, wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-14 7:19]

Hi Ivan,
Outstanding shot of this cute little birdie with lovely colours and details on its plumage. Nice pose captured and the early sunlight gives the image a golden touch. I like the way it looks at you over its shoulder. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-14 10:51]

Gorgeous capture, Ivan!
This one is all about the light.
The low raking light has given this photo a unique twist along the beautiful golden tinge.
The yellows on this Wagtail are so vibrent!
Very sharp, incredibly detailed and crystal clear.
Excellent composition.
Exceptional work my friend!



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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-05-14 12:40]

Hi Ivan
Nice presentation.Excellent POV and very sharp image.Beautifull OOF BG .I like your subject pose and that nice catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

hello Ivan

this is a superb shot and the proof that a bird has not always to be
closer and bigger in the image to be a beautiful photo,
i love mcuh more this kind of photos that the birds are not far
but are not very close too, the bird has the good size
on this image to be very beautiful photo,

the fine POV, DOF and framing, the excellent warm luminosity
the great sharpness and details are doing it too, to be a great image,



Hi dear Ivan ,
Very nice shot with great focus and nice BG.
excellent composition.
Well done


Hello Ivan,
Superb shot of the Blue headed Yellow Wagtail. The light is marvelous. The bird looks as if it is covered with gold. Excellent sharpness and details.
Nice pose captured - the bird looks as if it is enjoying the first rays of sun.Lovely POv too.
Thanks for the share,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-15 6:08]

Hello Ivan, Yes I agree with Nick it is worth. Lovely focus and superb sharpness. The composition is amazing. Ganesh wil lb bk

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-20 22:04]

Hello Ivan

A true beauty!
I hate attaching human feelings to animals,but it has the feel of a bird considering all the possibilities of a new day.
The lighting is wonderful.
Excellent POV,the pose is lovely.
Great job.

hej ivan!
en mycke fin fňgel!
good sharpness and fine composition!
nice background to!
well done!

Hello Ivan,
Very nice, love the light and warm colortones it has produced.
The light has also added that 3D effect that makes the shot look all the more attractive & realistic.
Excellent! :)

Hello Ivan,
The setting sunlight truly beautiful in capturing this Wagtail!
great pose of it in total sharpness, very nice colour and details
many thanks once again

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