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Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail
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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: 2007-10-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-02 2:10
Viewed: 4050
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Grey Wagtail shot in Arundel. Uncertain whether female or male as out of breeding season.

Rainy day and problems with light: ISO 800, lens wide open with support of monopod and IS on.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. This species was first described by Marmaduke Tunstall in his 1771 Ornithologia Britannica.
Its relationships are not well resolved; while it belongs to the non-African clade of wagtails, these are confusing in their external morphology, and mtDNA cytochrome b and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 sequence data is not able to robustly resolve their relationships. While the present species is probably most closely related to Citrine Wagtails and some Blue-headed Wagtails, the exact nature of this relationship is at present indeterminable.
This species breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia and parts of north Africa. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, such as western Europe, but northern and eastern populations migrates to Africa, South Asia and Papua New Guinea.
This is an insectivorous bird of fast flowing streams, although in winter it will move to slower flowing lowland waters.
It nests in crevices in cliffs and rocks, laying 3-6 speckled eggs.
This is a slender bird, 17-20cm in length, with the characteristic long, constantly wagging tail of its genus. It is the longest tailed of the European wagtails.
The breeding adult male is basically grey above and yellow below, with a black throat. Other plumages lack the black throat, and the yellow may be diluted by white except in the undertail area.
The call is a sharper version of that of White Wagtail.

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You've done it again Pekka, showing us a very nice bird image.
Love the pose of the Wagtail, standing on one leg.
Wonderful colors and good composition and clarity.
The feather details are very nice also, but they look a bit smooth.

Best regards, Harry

A very beautiful and precise shot of this grey wagtail, Pekka.
Very well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-02 6:25]

Hello Pekka,
Very nice capture of a Grey Wagtail that looks like a female to me. Good details and excellent composition among the vegetation, POV and one-legged pose. Considering the high ISO this is of fine technical quality.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Hi Pekka
Very good capture of this wagtail in his natural environment
Nice pose and composition
Lovely color
Details are little soft in feathers
tfs jon

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-02 8:44]

Hi Pekka,
Very nice, even with the problematic light you managed very well. Wonderful details and good sharpness on this wagtail
Love the lushes colors in this composition.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-02 11:23]

Hi Pekka

Lovely shot of the Grey Wagtail, nicely composed with a lovely profile pose, very nice colours and you have coped well with the poor light.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-02 13:41]

Hi Pekka,

A beautiful bird and one I have not seen. You captured him in a wonderful pose. He looks so soft and round. Beautiful colors and good details. The setting is lovely.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-03 9:59]

Hello Pekka

Beatiful rich detail and wonderful sharpness.
The mossy stump makes a lovely perch for this brightly coloured bird.
The plumage detail is well defined with natural well saturated colours.
Well placed in the frame.


Hello Pekka a fine composition great pov and nice light/exposure. Details look fine. tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Pekka,
wagtails very beautiful birds with long tails. Nowadays I also captured three species of this genus: M. alba, M. falva and M. citreola you already saw. I have not seen M. cinerea for some months. You captured and presented it with very nice shot. beautiful colors, POV and composition. TFS, best wishes

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-04-03 21:09]

Hello Pekka, what a beautiful bird and what a great shot! Sharp, clear and a very well composed image, well done, thanks!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-04 8:45]

Hello Pekka,
Beautiful photo of this Grey Wagtail. Great colours, pose, POV and composition. Very nice environment.

Little soft but still it is good.

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