Wordless Wednesday: grey wagtail

 

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grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) / Gebirgsstelze

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17 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: grey wagtail

      • Me too 😀 I’m off to the canal this afternoon to watch them! Trying to find where the kingfishers have moved to. The wagtails are always there to entertain me 🙂 They’re brilliant birds!!

      • you’re a lucky girl, Sarah, for having an interesting area near by you. I always have to drive.
        The grey wagtail dies not live here. It was a rare spotting. Also kingfishers. Despite the population grew bigger over the last decades, they are still unter protection. I saw them a few times, but did not get any good photos. 😦

      • I think everyone can find an interesting place nearby if they go and look for it but I am rather spoilt with the two canals either side of our village and the Surrey Hills nearby too! Most of the people who live around here have absolutely no idea about the wealth of wildlife around them. I still haven’t found where the kingfishers have moved too since the works on the canal finished but I have a friend looking too and fingers crossed we will find them! The grey wagtails really do thrive here and I’m a huge fan 😀 I would love to find the UK’s third and most rare wagtail, the yellow, which has a green toned back as well as the yellow underside. Where abouts did you see this one?

      • As you can see in the image, it was during winter. I was out for photographing a frozen lake and the snowy landscape about 15 km from where I live. Suddenly, while crossing an old, small bridge, I saw this unusual bird beside the creek below me. Changing my lens quickly and hoping not to disturb or scare the bird. Later at home, I found out the name and the fact that this species is not common here in my region. In German it’s called Gebirgsstelze (~mountain range wagtail).
        Beside the fact, that it’s an uncommon bird for our region, I like it for the colorfulness and the mirroring.
        I have another wagtail for next Wednesday 🙂 – Stay tuned.
        Finding interesting places for photographing is not hard, that’s true. But, it depends on the subject you’re looking for. Someone who’s i.e. on architecture won’t be happy in the countryside and vice versa. Although, I live in a small town (apps. 25,000 citizens), we’re embedded in the Ruhr-Area, an area comparable in size and inhabitants with Greater London or Paris: a men modified nature. You have to go to parks or the rivers to find birds. In the gardens you usually have bad backdrops. Next, you can’t come to the water wherever you want, because the areas are owned by someone and thus fenced. Sure, you can still find some nature, but it’s hard. That’s what I meant in my first answer. In the past decades many former industrial areas are transformed into parks (i.e. inner city steel plants). But, for me it’s a trip of about 50 – 70 km to reach them. Other parks are not so far away. I.e. two lakes. That’s about 20 km. The other downside is, here are lots of people, many kids and free running dogs. Not a good place for waiting for birds.

      • Wow, that’s brilliant that you found it there! A shallow creek is a perfect place for them. They like the low banks for finding food. I shall look forward to seeing your other wagtail 🙂

        We’re in the commuter belt of London so it’s all very built up and man made parks here too. The M25 motorway is just a couple of miles away! Yes, there are so many people here too and on the canal towpath there are walkers, cyclists, dogs and kids on their way to school! It’s sometimes very frustrating when you see a rare bird and then a cyclist comes by, ringing their bell, and scares it off! It’s a good part of the country to live in though. We do have open spaces, nature and wildlife but we also have several good local towns and can get into the centre of London in 30 minutes on the train 🙂

      • nature or civilization – the old (new?) problem. We usually want to have the convenience of civilization and individual fulfilment. But, nature does not have a good lobby for the common folk. 😦

      • I’d rather we had a lot less “civilization” around here!! Too many people in areas that just aren’t big enough to support them. It’s what we like about the Greek Islands, there’s still a real sense of community amongst the people living there. Once you get too many people that community spirit starts to dwindle 😦 I think people can and have lived in far better harmony with the natural world, there are just too many of us!!

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