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Yellow Wagtail


Yellow Wagtail
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Copyright: Vinay Sinha (vinaymms) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 118] (635)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-14 22:35
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Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) is a small passerine bird in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. It can be distinguished from other wagtails by the greenish- or brownish- toned mantle and back.

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.

It is a slender ~17 cm long bird, with the characteristic long, constantly wagging tail of its genus. 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.

This insectivorous bird is found near damp pastures, marshy areas with short vegetation, margins of rivers and lakes. I clicked this bird near the banks of Ganges in Allahabad.

Classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
Species: flava

Sources:
1. A Field Guide to the Birds of India by Krys Kazmierczak
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Wagtail

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Hello Vinay,

an very well capture from this Wagtail.
Good low pov and sharpness.
Nicely blurred bg.
Fine colors.

Gert

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