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Grey Wagtail

By FeatherFriend
This is a recent shot of a Grey Wagtail, taken in Nethy Bridge, a small village in Strathspey in the Highland Council Area of Scotland. One of the primary industries of Nethy Bridge was forestry, with at one time several sawmills in the area, but this has long since subsided. Now, much of the income is derived from tourism. The name is derived from the River Nethy, a tributary of the nearby River Spey, which runs through the village, and the arched Victorian-era bridge in the centre of the village.
The shot was taken during a very brief spell when it stopped raining but weather conditions were not too bright. I have also included a second shot to show him as he was, busy flitting around in the river, collecting food for his dinner/family.
Thank you all for your votes and comments on my Orange Headed Ground Thrush, your continued support is most appreciated.
Finally, I won't be spending quite so much time on the site as I would like to, as I am so busy at the moment making preparations to move house, but I shall pop in and out whenever possible.

f/5.6 1/160 sec ISO 200 H/Held.

Tags: Wildlife Birds River Woodland Grey wagtail Wildlife and nature

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29 Jul 2008 10:48PM
Superb, excellent presentation,

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lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
29 Jul 2008 10:51PM
#1 is superb
Cormy 11 3 England
29 Jul 2008 10:52PM
Amazing shot,superb detail.
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
29 Jul 2008 10:53PM
Superb members of the Wagtail family Goeff. It always strikes me as rather odd that a bird so exquisitely coloured should be called 'gray'. This is anything but ! A lovely capture.
taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
29 Jul 2008 10:57PM
Superb shot of this little one doing what birds do-- Excellent composition!
dweezil 11 1 England
29 Jul 2008 11:00PM
Cracking shot thats some mouthfull
MandsH 12 England
29 Jul 2008 11:07PM
Two superb shots, I like the close up to see the detail but also the longer range shot to show his habitat
gary_d 11 576 13 Wales
29 Jul 2008 11:10PM
Totally agree with mandy, well done again Geoff. - gary
dwarf 11 52 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2008 11:11PM
#1 for me. I so wish I could produce something like this! dorothy
piccy 13 8 Wales
29 Jul 2008 11:13PM
Lovely little birds and so busy too. Good luck with your move.
Marian 13 62 England
29 Jul 2008 11:14PM
The close version is really nice.
goso 13 2 1 Australia
29 Jul 2008 11:17PM
All of the above and more Geoff.........Bill
ringyneck 12 315 18 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2008 11:17PM
Every time I go to the little river locally I dream of this shot.He was there the 1st time I went but absent every other time.I shall dream on and on.
Fantastic detail and how you managed this hand held I don't know.Well done!
All the local information is great as it reminds me of my only trip up there.We stayed at Kingcraig and spent the Eclipse next to Loch Insh.(do you know if "my" Ospreys are still nesting there).

Cheers. Keith
FeatherFriend 11 38 217 England
29 Jul 2008 11:26PM

Quote:All the local information is great as it reminds me of my only trip up there.We stayed at Kingcraig and spent the Eclipse next to Loch Insh.(do you know if "my" Ospreys are still nesting there).
Cheers. Keith

Not sure about that Keith, but the RSPB informed me that when the chicks fledge the nest, they don't come back for 3 years, so I doubt it.
ringyneck 12 315 18 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 12:03AM
It was Aug. 11, 1999 so they should be back by now.The parents nest at same place for donkey's years as well.
Bob_V 11 1 2 United States
30 Jul 2008 12:10AM
Such lovely color and detail in this capture.
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
30 Jul 2008 12:30AM
Another top class avian pictures Geoff. Excellent work as always.
SurreyHillsMan 11 27 2 England
30 Jul 2008 7:15AM
Great shot Geoff..... What a mouthful!

...trying to get myself one of these

peter_oak 14 1 England
30 Jul 2008 7:29AM
Great shot Geoff,well done.

tigertimb 11 40 66 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 7:41AM
Great shot Geoff; love the detail and the colours and good to see the wider context from #2
tripodted 14 32 1 Northern Ireland
30 Jul 2008 7:53AM
Good shot.
I stayed in Nethy Bridge a long time ago while on a fishing holiday on the river Spey. It is a beautiful part of the world and the wildlife around the area is brilliant.
MickyMc 11 8 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 8:05AM
Lovely to see both shots, what a busy little bird
pluckyfilly 12 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 8:12AM
Shroomer 12 14 167 England
30 Jul 2008 9:04AM
Pleased to be 30 Geoff, this is such a difficult bird to get, waggy's never stay still for long especially when feeding. Looks long distance and might have cropped it not so much on 1 to leave more of the rock and water in the shot to show the surroundings.
Outstanding capture
norton 15 6 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 9:10AM
WoW...and I thought the beak was full on my shot of a Meadow pipit,he's got nothin on this chap!
Superb shot Geoff,great capture............

30 Jul 2008 10:52AM
Nice shots. V1 is great.
greatdog 11 21 England
30 Jul 2008 12:56PM
Great shot Geoff,lovely little bird,nice with the rocks and water,Dane.
User_Removed 11 78 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 3:46PM
Good work Geoff

FeatherFriend 11 38 217 England
30 Jul 2008 3:51PM
Thank you all for your taking the time to view, most appreciated.
30 Jul 2008 4:24PM
Lovely capture, super portfolio. Sylvia
nickyv32 12 135 England
30 Jul 2008 4:50PM
Lovely shot, caught him just at the right time, busy little chap, love the cropped version.

Gezina 12 3 6 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 7:56PM
Lovely shot of a real beauty they're always on the move so you've done very well to get the detail you've got. Best wishes with the move - so pleased it is not me. Ina
franfoto 11 2 32 England
30 Jul 2008 8:15PM
I remember you sitting on the bank of the river for a good couple of hours to get these shots. Wish I had your patience which, by the way, always pays off in the end.
Fran x
harrattp 12 11 4 England
30 Jul 2008 8:21PM
A superb capture with great detail and composition.

BERTRAM 11 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 10:01PM
That is so brilliant.A realy superb shot.
derekv 12 3 England
30 Jul 2008 11:13PM
Superb cropped version, Geoff, wonderful detail.
Ridgeway 12 222 2 Ireland
31 Jul 2008 12:11AM
Like both of them,lovely looking bird and great detail.
You have an nack for the birds, always informative to.
Lovely shots.
whiteswan01 11 13 England
31 Jul 2008 12:30AM
excellent shot good luck with move
microchip 12 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2008 7:56PM
A superb shot,,, silly me I have always called these yellow wagtails,
KangaGal 11 66 Australia
1 Aug 2008 9:27AM

Quote:Superb members of the Wagtail family Goeff. It always strikes me as rather odd that a bird so exquisitely coloured should be called 'gray'. This is anything but ! A lovely capture.

Lovely capture again. Jenny
1 Aug 2008 11:03AM
super shot
danbrann 14 640 17
1 Aug 2008 2:37PM
cracking image and a good crop.
Valerie1 11 68 Northern Ireland
1 Aug 2008 4:30PM
Good action shot.
baxster 11 England
2 Aug 2008 10:55PM
superb grey wagtail geoff,lovely detail and colour.
rmr 12 1 Wales
3 Aug 2008 9:24AM
wonderful detail as ever geoff
janet 17 27 England
4 Aug 2008 9:06PM
Well captured!

Hope everything goes well with your move.


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