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Wagtail, Grey

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Lizet Grobbelaar
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Wagtail, Grey

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:37 pm

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Afrikaanse naam: Gryskwikkie

Under parts have a yellow wash, at least on the vent. When breeding the male has a black throat and female has a white throat.
Upperparts are blue-grey, with less prominent white on the wing.
Legs are pinkish to brown and not black as Yellow wagtail.
The tail is very long as Mountain Wagtail.

Rare summer vagrant

Streams in wooded areas. This one was photographed at Debengeni falls in the Magoebaskloof area.

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Re: Grey Wagtail

Unread post by Johann » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:30 pm

Lizet's post remind me of my trip to Debengeni to see the wagtail in February 2008. Not the easiest conditions for a beginner photographer but at least I got something. Hopefully it'll return this summer and I can try for some better shots.

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I include this wider (uncropped) shot so that one can see the type of habitat it prefers. Wooded (out of shot) rocky streams with fast flowing water.
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