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Male Grey Wagtail

By andrewrit
Small blue-grey and yellow bird with a wagging long tail
The Grey Wagtail has the longest tail of the wagtails and like the others its tail is wagged continually. The long tail improves its agility while flying in pursuit of insects.

The blue-grey upperparts contrast with black wings, bright yellow breast and belly and yellow-green rump. The adults have a prominent white supercilium (eyebrow), moustache and outer tail feathers. The legs are pink-brown and the bill is grey-black.

In the winter, the male's yellow breast becomes paler and the black throat less distinct. This winter plumage is very similar to the female's appearance all year round.

Tags: General Wildlife and nature

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23 Jan 2010 10:26PM
Super capture, tried to get a shot of a pair recently but they never stopped what can only be described as 'tiggering' springing up and down on their tail.

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23 Jan 2010 10:59PM
lovely image kaz
heids 8 1 1 Scotland
23 Jan 2010 11:08PM
Superb shot.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
24 Jan 2010 1:57AM
Great capture. Very nice detail and colour...........Sandy
gwood 10 England
24 Jan 2010 9:18AM
Excellent capture..
24 Jan 2010 3:42PM
Superb shot, great detail.
metro074 8 8 Australia
24 Jan 2010 10:42PM
25 Jan 2010 11:15PM
Superb capture wonderful colour and excellent detail, with great presentation. Gary
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
27 Jan 2010 4:13PM
A lovely imge. - gary
Great Capture
Excellent capture. They don't stay still for long.
csr 10 3 England
2 Feb 2010 11:14PM
Great capture. Very nice detail and colour
milky 14 Wales
3 Feb 2010 9:27AM
Great detail A1-----milky
Neeka 9 16 Wales
13 Feb 2010 10:23AM
Hey Sunshine!! What a beautiful capture ~ the colour is lovely.
Beautiful bird. great colouring and detail. brilliant capture!
wishing you and the family a merry christmas and a safe and happy new year for 2015
from bernard and all the family

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