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Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-10 10:16
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Yellow Wagtail
Tr name: Sarı kuyruksallayan

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum : Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
Species: M. flava
Binomial name:
Motacilla flava
Linnaeus, 1758

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.
Immature Blue-headed Wagtail (M. f. flava)

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).


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-10 10:21]

Hello Fikret,
beautiful shot of this Yellow Wagtail, sharp image with very good details.Liked the colours & the contrast very much, fine composition.Best regards Siggi

hello Fikret
Wauwh this is very good sharpness with great details and beautiful colours
great sjot
greeting lou

Hallo Fikret
This is a super image with great colour and detail all in one. Perfect photography in every single aspect. Composition, focus, point of view, depth of field, pose, you name it and it is great. What I fancy the most is the beautiful natural sunlight that turns all the colours into magic. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Merhaba Fikret,
superb capture of Montacilla flava feldegg taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and light, fantastic colours, very pleasing composition with a marvellous pose of this splendid bird on the rocks

Hi fikret,

Really a cute bird & you 've captured it brilliantly. Great POV & good sharpness with superb BG. A clean & clear image. WElldone & TFS.


Simply breathtaking Fikret, both the execution of that image and the fine silhouette of that gorgeous bird! Awesome, point of view, color, brightness and contrast! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-10 11:06]

Hello Fikret
Wow! Perfect capture of Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla flava feldegg). Excellent work!

Superb image in every way. regards Yiannis

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-10 11:32]

Splendid photo, interesting species, TFS!

Hello Fikret,
Beautiful colours and fine details of the plummage, great sharpness, excellent POV and OOF BG. Well done!

Hi Fikret
Impressive photo. The composition, the colours, the BG and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-10 12:12]

Hi Fikret.
I am not surprised with top quality of the shot. All your pictures are near outstanding. I am amazed with beautifulness of the bird. I have never seen this species and I love it. Bravo. Great job.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-10 12:26]

Merhaba Fikret,
A really superb capture of a Yellow Wagtail of the black-headed race feldegg.
Excellent technical quality, composition, BG and lighting.
Thanks and kind regards,

Ciao Fikret, beautiful bird on a fantastic blurry BG, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-10 13:03]

Hello Fikret,
This is a stunning capture of this beautiful Yellow Wagtail with a black head! Excellent sharpness, a nice soft background and well composed.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Ciao Fikre.
Stupenda foto di questa cutrettola,con una spettacolare nitidezza,molto belli i colri e la composizione.BRAVO.
Ciao Marco.

Hi Fikret
Excellent photo, very well composed with perfect colours and sharpness and amazing BG. Well done! Best wishes, Pambos

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-10 13:59]

Hello Fikret,
Very beautiful and excellent photo of this Yellow Wagtail. Fantastic POV and composition. Excellent sharpness, details, bright colours and blurred BG.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-01-10 14:33]

Bela foto de qualidade exelente parabéns por esta imagem.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-10 15:19]

Wonderful capture! What a specie,what a sharpness,what a colors! Impossible to make better,a great gift to the birds fans of TN.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-10 15:43]

Hi Fikret
Excellent closed up.Good pov and sharp image with excellent detail.Colors and pose are also excellent
TFS Michel

WOW! The colors are amazing, the same species here has a very dull color. I love the catch light and the details


A well composed pic that shows great sharpness of the subject. The BG is OOF and clear. I like your POV, DOF, contrast and lighting. They all make for a great post!

Hello Fikret,
Impressive, classical, perfect!... A post card MF!
Regards, TFS

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