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Motacilla citreola

Motacilla citreola
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-05
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-29 3:02
Viewed: 3904
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Motacilla citreola Pallas, 1776. Male in breeding plumage.
Citrine Wagtail

Motacilla citreola is a small passerine bird of the family Motacillidae.
It is a slender, 15.517 cm long bird, with the long, constantly wagging tail characteristic of the genus Motacilla. The adult male in breeding plumage is basically grey or black above, with white on the remiges, and bright yellow below and on the entire head except for the black nape. In winter plumage, its yellow underparts may be diluted by white, and the head is brownish with a yellowish supercilium. Females look generally like washed-out versions of males in winter plumage.
This species breeds in north central Asia in wet meadows and tundra. It migrates in winter to south Asia, often to highland areas. Its range is expanding westwards, and it is a rare but increasing vagrant to western Europe.
It is an insectivorous bird of open country near water, such as wet meadows
In Cyprus Motacilla citreola is a rare visitor during the spring and autumn migrations. It is reported annually but always in small numbers.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-29 3:27]

Hello Christodoulos
A rare specie in my country excellent capture
thanks for sharing

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely composition with beautiful walking bird, nice blurry BG, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-29 3:51]

Hello Christodoulus,
An excellent close view of this beautiful Wagtail! Great sharpness and beautiful light and colours. I like how it stands out from the background.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Ciao Christodoulos. An interesting dynamic capture. Very good light and contrast.


That is a lovely picture of a Citrine Wagtail, Chris. I shot some White Wagtails in India recently.
Superb lateral POV, sharp focus and nice colours.
Well done and TFS!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-29 5:50]

Hello Christodoulos,
Lovely shot of this elegant bird, which isn't easy at all to catch..
You show so well its fine plumage with the beautiful yellow coloration. A picture full of light, very pleasant indeed!
Kind regards

Seems that the 400mm f/5.6 is truly a lovely lens Christodoulos. Amazing clarity one more time. The chosen contrast settings here are amazing and the colors just superb.Bravo!...... not a bad image at all!
George Veltchev

Beautiful photograph, of a rare bird. thanks for showing us. regards Yiannis

hello Christodoulos

another great close-up photo of a small bird,
very fine low POV at its level, excellent focus
sharpness and details, lovely eye-contact
with a beautiful catch-light, TFS


hello Christo
this is a super sharpness pose of this beautiful bird great details and great colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-29 8:57]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another excellent close photo in great sharpness, details, DOF and beautiful colours. Very nice low POV and eye contact.

Hello Christodoulos, a great capture of bird, pov, shapness and colors perfect, a very very beautiful image. Bravo, regards, Paolo

Hello Christodoulos,
Lovely details with superb colors and excellent clarity.
A wonderful bird with vivid colors. Amazing focus and nice capture.
Thanks for sharing!

Geia sou Christodoule,
Excellent photo with brilliant colours and amazing sharpness. Well done! Kalo brady, Pambos

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-29 12:05]


Once again your POV is excellent. I like the sharpness and detail of the subject. The DOF, BG, lighting, colours, contrast and clarity of the image are all excellent.

Γεια σου Χριστόδουλε,
another great photo!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-29 12:56]

Hello Christodoulos,
Beautiful capture of a beautiful bird. The colors are stunning - especially against that BG. Wonderful details and pose .Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-29 15:43]

Very impressive sharpness,details and natural colors,excellent work in a hard light!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hallo Christodoulos,
another fantastic picture from your archives, amazing details onn teh plumage, excellent from all points of view.
Best regards

Hi Christodoulos,
very nice capture of this photo. Of course perfect sharpness. Very nice natural colours. Beautiful portrait,
thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hi Christodoulos,
Beautiful image of this wonderful Citrine wagtail with great lighting and details.TFS

Beautiful bird, captured in a beautiful pose. Technically excellent.

nice to see this rare wagtail, TFS Ori

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