Tuesday, 7 April 2015

GREY WAGTAIL

Since it was sunny I took a walk over to Moulton Quarry. I'd wanted to see if the Sandmartins had returned. They haven't so far, two fly over Sandmartins were a teaser. The quarry with the exception of common birds was very quiet. Just the one Snipe in Doug's pit. A couple of fly over Swallows and one Meadow Pipit. The fields surrounding the site are holding Skylarks so there was something for the ears to enjoy. Sadly could only find three Chiff-Chaff. Plenty of early common butterflies were flittering around and a total of five Buzzards on the thermals and one very high solitary Red Kite drifted towards the village of Pitsford. The male Kestrel was fleeting and distant. On the way back I stopped of at the ford (river crossing and not a Focus). The dense tree coverage means light was at a premium as was shutter speed. But managed a couple of Grey Wagtail shots, only 1/200th sec shutter speed so couldn't 'freeze' the bobbing tail. Which since there was a male and female in the Ford the tail was going at a rate of knots.
Calling,
And walking into position, the female was on the opposite bank.

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  1. Still a good bird. How can you tell male and female apart?

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    1. Typically the adult male will have an all black bib/throat area. With exception a 1st summer male who like the female has a less black area. The one above is 1st summer male. At first I thought it was female until it jumped on the other birds back and mated, which is the easiest way lol.

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  2. Two lovely shots of the Wagtail Douglas. I hav

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    1. Thanks Margaret. They're a nice bird to watch.

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  3. Lovely birds Douglas ..... Butterflies noticeably out and about over the last few days, still awaiting the arrival of summer migrants at TLNR.

    Good to see you getting out with greater frequency !, that arm must be starting to feel a bit more comfortable.

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    1. It's been a weird spring, currently watching in the garden a male Chaffinch removing foetal sacks. Yet warblers hardly here yet.
      The arm is just weak from lack of use and stiff in morning or when it rains...

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  4. Couple of great shots Doug, despite the poor light.

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    1. Thanks, the dense vegetation doesn't help, but without it no birds. I'm partial to Wagtails.

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  5. Lovely images, Doug. Grey Wags are always a delight to see. Best wishes - - - - Richard

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    1. Thanks Richard. I'm partial to any Wagtail I always find them fascinating to watch.

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    2. Thanks Richard. I'm partial to any Wagtail I always find them fascinating to watch.

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  6. Cracking bird the Grey Wag, they have brightened up my day on many occasions when nothing else is showing.

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    1. It definitely lifted my day, had nothing worth posting until I found the pair.

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