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Grey Wagtail-I
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Copyright: yildiz banu pek (star74) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70S, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4~f/5.6G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-02 6:21
Viewed: 2889
Points: 22
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Motacillidae

Genus: Motacilla

Species: M. cinerea

Binomial name
Motacilla cinerea
The Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. 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 undeterminable (Voelker, 2002).

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.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-02 10:23]
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Hello Yildiz,
This is a fine pretty sharp and well composed presentation of a wagtail.
However, I think that this is a Grey Wagtail. The yellow of the yellow wagtail is more evenly distributed and not as intense in the vent region. The Grey Wagtail has also a longer tail like this one.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-02 11:25]

Merhaba Yıldız hanım, Sarı Kuyruksallayanı yerde de olsa çok güzel görüntülemişsiniz. Ellerinize sağlık, selamlar.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-02 11:47]

Merhaba Yidiz,
Güzel bir kuyruksallayan fotografı.Gözdeki ışık,kadraj ve kompozisyon kusursuz olmuş.Selamlar,ellerine sağlık!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-02 12:53]

Hi Yildiz.
You have captured a very nice bird. I like the colours of you picture and pictorial ground (as FG and BG). Composition of the shot is wonderful too. Well done and TFS.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-02 13:59]

Hi Yildiz.
Very nice capture of this bird with fine details.Beautiful colors.I like composition with nice point of view and pretty interesting background.
Very nice presentation,TFS and best greetings.

A very natural capture of the bird in its habitat, foraging for food on the ground, Yildiz.
You have aimed at and shot the bird in a quick reflex action, if I am not wide off the mark in my surmise. The result, however, is very good.
Best regards,

hi yildiz,
lovely capture ofgrey wagtial,
nice pose, looks like its looking at you,
nice pov,
natural colour tones,
tfs & regards

Hi yildiz ,
nice image with well composed.
great light and sharpness.
very well done.
thanks and regards

Bonsoir Yildiz
C'est un magnifique oiseau que tu nous envoies ,les couleurs sont très belles ,j'aime bien la pose de cet oiseau qui semble regarder au loin.Tu as bien su capter son regard.
Merci et au revoiret bon week end...JP

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-03 13:04]

selam star
nihayet bu kusu oldukca iyi bir sekilde yakalamissin; iyi derken bu kusun cekiminin zor oldugunu bilen bir kisi olarak soyluyorum. kompozisyonu, bakis acisi, renkleri ve pozu guzel olan bir calisma
eline saglik

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-14 15:07]

Nice photo of the Wagtail. Good bright coloursa and great POV.

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