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Maximilian

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Mrs. Blackbird picking up nesting materials.
Seems that they are about to start their second try as I found some typical bluish eggshells on my lawn. :cry:
**** magpies :mad:

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Here's 3 from my backyard in Sydney and one from a local park.
The first 3 taken with my Canon R and the RF 24-240. I know a lot of people poo poo this lens, but I find it good aro u nd the house.
The 4th photo taken with my R and 100-400L (Mk1).
I don't know what the first bird is, but it makes a terrible screech.
The 2nd bird is the ubiquitous Kookaburra and the last bird is a Corrella.
 

Maximilian

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Some other from today. A species that I came accross the first time and had to look after:
A female grey wagtail. And it seems she's got some offspring to feed.
Again very poor light. 560 mm, 1/640 and 1/1000, f/8, ISO3200.
But lovely reflections :)

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AlanF

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Some other from today. A species that I came accross the first time and had to look after:
A female grey wagtail. And it seems she's got some offspring to feed.
Again very poor light. 560 mm, 1/640 and 1/1000, f/8, ISO3200.
But lovely reflections :)

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Lovely colours! The first one is especially fine. I always think it's unfair calling the Grey Wagtail grey, but there is a Yellow Wagtail.
 
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Maximilian

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Lovely colours! The first one is especially fine.
Thanks a lot, Alan! It was really tricky to get the right WB here as for the cloudy sky. And I admit that I slightly raised the saturation until it felt "natural".

I always think it's unfair calling the Grey Wagtail grey, but there is a Yellow Wagtail.
The yellow and the grey wagtail look quite similar and both have yellow breasts.
But the backs and the legs have different colors.
It took me some time and a friend at the LBV (Bavarian association for bird conservation) to be 100% sure ;) :geek:
 

ISv

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Lovely colours! The first one is especially fine. I always think it's unfair calling the Grey Wagtail grey, but there is a Yellow Wagtail.
The Yellow has a black legs. The one on the photos above has +/- pinkish legs (Like the Greys...) On other hand it has also a rather contrast scapulars and pretty white/yellow throat (like the Yellows but some Gray females have rather pale throat)!!! Go figure...
Maximilian, could you catch one of these and measure how long is the tail and also the legs?! These are legitimate features to separate some subspecies of the Yellow from the Gray!!! :LOL::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
 

ISv

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I have no new photos from today. On other hand I was working for a wile on older (not that much!) photos... And got across of the Catherine's comment (page 1144 I think): "...But you got great photos of the "quiet stalker type" guy! :LOL::LOL:
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Hey, Catherine if the heron is the "quiet stalker" than who I am (and all of us - the bird photogs:LOL:?!). Just jerking - since no new photos to post:cry:!
 

Maximilian

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The Yellow has a black legs. The one on the photos above has +/- pinkish legs (Like the Greys...) On other hand it has also a rather contrast scapulars and pretty white/yellow throat (like the Yellows but some Gray females have rather pale throat)!!! Go figure...
Maximilian, could you catch one of these and measure how long is the tail and also the legs?! These are legitimate features to separate some subspecies of the Yellow from the Gray!!! :LOL::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
Fully correct about the characteristics, ISv. That's what I've learned about yesterday.
Maybe I should add that the back of the grey wagtail is at it's name says of grey color.
Therefore the yellow wagtail should be called "brown" for its brownisch back ;) :geek:

As for your suggestion to catch and measure I would like to reply that this would be beyond my capabilities. :oops:
And I am proud to say that the times where I took out animals from there natural habitat have long gone since my childhood. :D
Today I'd rather put them back into their habitat when they enter my living room, for example ;)
 
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