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Willie Wagtail's Cosy Love Nest

Willie Wagtail

Today's post was a difficult one as I did get some nice crisp photos on this photography walk, however the shots that really tell the story are rather lacking in the sharpness I would like.  

Although I am not particularly thrilled by the quality of these shots the subject matter is one that I have never before had the pleasure to see in person and so I simply have to share it with you. I am relying on the fact that the lack of sharpness will be less evident by the time these photos have been reduced to internet size. 

When we arrived at the lake we saw Willie wagtail swooping magpies. 

Willie Wagtail swooping a magpie


Maggie mostly ignored Willie's efforts. 

Willie Wagtail swooping a magpie, but Maggie isn't particularly concerned.

Then we saw a Willie gathering spider webs.

Willie Wagtail spider web gathering to build her nest

Willie Wagtail spider web gathering for nesting materials

Spider webs are the very thing for nest building!

Willie Wagtail uses spider web to build a strong nest

Building a cosy nest is apparently a shared task. 

Mr and Mrs Willie Wagtail discussing the finer points of nest building

Mr and Mrs Willie Wagtail discussing the finer points of nest building.

I was able to stand on a small foot bridge to get these photos of their nest. 

willie wagtail underbelly

You can sort of see how close the tree was to the foot bridge in this shot of Willie about to take off. Willie came to gather spider webs from off the bridge whilst I was standing on it. I tried to get a shot but Willie wouldn't stand still. They are so fast!

willie wagtail silhouette

spider web mixed with feathers make for a nice soft willie wagtail nest

willie wagtail nest construction is serious business with serious construction



34 comments:

  1. What a fab series of photos - you were very privileged to get so close :) #MySundayphoto

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    1. I certainly feel privileged. It's not something I expect I will ever have the chance to see again.

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  2. i love these shots stella and am jealous that you got to see all this beauty. well done.

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    1. It was such a chance thing. We have never ever gone to this park before. We couldn't have been luckier!

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  3. What an amazing collection of photos, so stunning

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful #Mysundayphoto linky party every week http://onedad3girls.com/my-sunday-photo/

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  4. Wonderful close up's as ever, you are so clever at these

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    1. I do a lot of heavy cropping truth be told. It's the best thing about my DSLR.

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  5. lovely! guess spiderwebs aren't sticky? otherwise, Mrs. Willy would get stuck to the nest lol. Love how you get those action shots!

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    1. I guess she has her secret ways! She ads little feathers too for making it soft and cosy for her chicks.

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  6. I think you did a great job with the photos. The subject was super fast and yet you got excellent shots that told a whole story.
    Really nice. :)

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    1. I took a gazillion shots! I'm pleased I was able to get a couple.

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  7. What lovely pictures, though you wish it was sharper. Love the 3rd picture ... what a tender capture of the Willie's wings. I didn't know there was more than one kind of Magpie. Wow, what a wonderful world, hey! #CommentLuv

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    1. That is my favourite too! One in a million (for me anyway). Yes, our Aussie magpies aren't even related to the European magpie. I guess they just reminded the early settlers of the one from home and that's how we came to call it a magpie. (I'm guessing though) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_magpie

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  8. Amazing subject indeed! I love nest and its my dream to own one. I find them wonderful! #mysundayphoto

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    1. There seems to be something magical about nests and guess they are in their own way ensuring lovely little chicks grow up.

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  9. The lack of sharpness doesn't show! They're amazing photos. How long did it take to get the nest to that size I wonder.

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    1. I wondered the exact same thing! I wish I knew. Days I think.

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  10. Lovely to get close enough to take these shots and to see a range of behaviour.

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    1. It surely was Erica. I doubt I'll ever have such a wonderful opportunity again.

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  11. Some really lovely photographs and a compelling story.

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  12. A great set of photos...I know he was too fast but I really like the shadow! :)

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    1. I'm sort of glad he was too fast, I'm not sure I would have noticed the shadow other wise =)

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  13. Aw, these shots are fabulous and I love the fact the wagtails use spider webs in their nests. How lucky you were to get so close. I am looking forward to your summer posts to keep us all warm on #AnimalTales as we, in the Northern Hemisphere, head into winter now.

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    1. I promise to bring you lots of lovely sunshine right through all your cold weather!

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  14. what a lovely selection of photographs, i particularly like the one with the shadow

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    1. I'm rather a fan of the shadow shot too.

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  15. Oh, these are so gorgeous shots !!! Beautiful birds ! I like those white accents on their feathers !!
    Greetings

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    1. These are truly one of my most favourite birds ever. They just have so much personality and they're so fearless. You have to admire them.

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  16. So beautiful, and a love story to boot!

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    1. I think Willie wagtails are my number one favourite bird - such a little bird, such a big personality.

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  17. That large bird in the second and third photos is freaky looking. Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds really did a number on me.Scary stuff.

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    1. I've never heard of 'The Birds' before, I think I'll steer clear. It's an Australian magpie.

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