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Mr Willie Wagtail


Capturing Mr Wagtail on a grey day in this monochrome landscape was challenging. After a bit of acrobatics he came right up close but wouldn't stand still to give me time to focus. (To be honest this could be Mrs Wagtail, but I can't tell the difference).

Willie Wagtails are small (7.5-8.5 inches half of that being his tail) insectivorous birds that think they are the size of a huge raptor with an attitude to match. 








22 comments:

  1. I like the 2nd and the last photo: Raptor and Chirpy. :)

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  2. Stella, I'm so jealous of your mad photog skills! Maybe someday I'll get a real camera, instead of my phone! (Please tell me you have a real camera, not just your phone??? If you do this on a phone, I just may have to kill myself.)

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    1. The camera does all the work, there's no way I could do this with a phone. (I forbid all killing!)

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  3. Great shots, wildlife is always tricky to capture!

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    1. Thanks Lucinda, these little guys rarely sit still, give me a tortoise any day!

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  4. gorgeous shots stella. we have had a willie hanging about for a few weeks now. they are so sweet i think. i love the way they wag at you so cheekily.

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    1. I think willies are so incredibly brave, they'll take on anything and anyone no matter how big. They are just adorable. I hope your willie moves in permanently.

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  5. He looks quite aggressive or protective in some of those shots, wonderful to see the expressions this clearly

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    1. I don't think he had a nest nearby and he was definitely enjoying a spot of lunch so aggressively hunting is the expression on his face I think.

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  6. I love photos of birds but mine are never as good as this?

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. It takes a lot of practice and persistence, a high failure rate, but mostly luck. He came in nice and close, just a few feet away. I probably took 20 shots (or more) of him to get these few.

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  7. Amazing shots! He looks like he is showing off his might to you =) #mysundayphoto

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    1. I do think he was. He came right up close to check me out and gave me a good talking too. :o) I think they are the bravest little creatures ever!

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  8. Super pictures of him. Quite a bit different to our dinky pied wagtails.

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    1. I had to go and google the pied wagtail. He looks more like our peewee then our wagtail. We have these little plain looking fantails too. I'll have to try to capture a few photos fantail photos for the blog.

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  9. Oh well done for getting these shots - our wagtails never stay still long enough! They are one of the birds I can watch for ages as they bob around. We have 3 species in France (that I know of - Pied, Grey and Yellow) - I have only ever seen a Yellow once (in the UK) and boy was it yellow!

    Many thanks for adding Mr/Mrs Wagtail to #AnimalTales

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    1. I'm getting the impression now that Australian wagtails are quite different to yours, and the name may be a misnomer with them being closer to a fantail then a wagtail. They really do wag their tails though! Thanks for teaching me about some new birds :0)

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  10. What great photos. He's a lovely looking bird too! #animaltales

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    1. I tried to visit your blog but the page kept crashing. I'm so sorry, I wanted to read all about if children should stand or not on pt. From my point of view the answer is, it depends on their age.

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  11. i love the last photo, looks like he/she is having a go at something

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    1. I think he might have been giving me a piece of his mind :p

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