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White Wagtail

White 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: 2008-05-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 800, Canon EF 2x Extender II
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-06 3:20
Viewed: 3467
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Wagtail at Friskalanlahti nature reserve in Turku South West Finland.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws.

This species breeds in much of Europe and Asia and parts of north Africa. It is resident in the mildest parts of its range, but otherwise migrates to Africa. It has a toehold in Alaska as a scarce breeder.
This is an insectivorous bird of open country, often near habitation and water. It prefers bare areas for feeding, where it can see and pursue its prey. In urban areas it has adapted to foraging on paved areas such as car parks.
It nests in crevices in stone walls and similar natural and man-made structures.
This is a slender bird, 16.5-19 cm in length (East Asian subspecies longer to 21 cm), with the characteristic long, constantly wagging tail of its genus. The nominate subspecies Motacilla alba alba is basically grey above and white below, with a white face, black cap and black throat.
The resident British subspecies, the (British) Pied Wagtail (M. a. yarrellii) exchanges the grey color with black (or very dark grey in females), but is otherwise identical in its behaviour.
It is likely that the differentiation of White Wagtail into two subspecies in western Europe has arisen because of the partial isolation of the mainly resident British form, although M. a. yarrellii now also breeds in adjacent areas of the neighbouring European mainland.

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Hello Pekka,
great closeup of this beautiful White Wagtail!
the sharpness on the plummage is just awesome and with wonderful colour!
many thanks for the sharing

Hi Pekka,
This is a very good first plane of the w. wagtail.
I like the close approach, POV and fine details got on its plumage.
You managed pretty well all the light there, keeping the whites under control.
Good work and thanks for the post.
Best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-06 4:10]
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Hi Pekka,
very good shot of this Pied Wagtail!
The pose is great.
Sharp and crisp.
Great DOF and BG.
Superb composition.

Well done,

p.s could you send me the original for this? I'd like to do a WS to try and get more detail in the feathers... I hope you don't mind.

Hello Pekka,

You have done some interesting travelling lately!
This is a lovely shot of W. Wagtail. I thought it was Pied Wagtail. How do thety differ?

Anyway, lovely plummage details on this sharp close-up, and that all important glint in its eye!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Sorry, I should have read your notes first!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-06 10:02]

Hi Pekka,

It's wonderful to see this White Wagtail so close-up. How beautiful he is with the nice face and plummage. Nice colors and superb details. I love the circle around his eye - it almost looks jeweled.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-06 11:55]

Hi Pekka. Now this is close of the White wagtail. The detail in the feathers is very good indeed. I like the pose with the head turned to one side, Stands out well from the BG. well done TFS good notes too.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-06 13:59]

Merhaba Pekka,

Oldukça detaylı ve başarılı bir çalışma olmuş. Yakın çekim şansını çok iyi değerlendirip bütün ayrıntıları sergilemişsiniz. Elinize sağlık.


Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful wagtail. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Pekka
what a nice capture for lovely white wagtail. You captured it with a nice timing. POV, focus, composition very nice. Eyes contact also great. Good informative notes. TFS, best wishes

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-07 8:48]

Hello Pekka Well shot and superbly presented. Great view and lovely composition Ganesh

Hi Pekka,
Wonderful capture and details.
Great job..
Best wishes..

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