Pied Wagtail

It feels slightly strange posting these tonight as we await the outcome of the Scottish Independence referendum, but here goes anyway! Just a pied wagtail looking for insects at the edge of Falmer Pond, but I can’t resist these pretty little birds. They’re great fun to photograph. Lots of movement and then some great posing.

Pied wagtail

Pied wagtail

Pied wagtail

Pied wagtail

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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  1. derwandersmann September 19, 2014 at 2:41 am #

    They’ve got to rate pretty high on the “cute” scale, don’t they?

    • Words September 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

      dW, yes, and very agile too when catching insects in flight.

  2. Darko September 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Nice set of photos. I haven’t seen pied wagtails over here – probably they don’t live in American continent – but there is a similar bird, but bigger, called killdeer 🙂

    Killdeer holding a toad in beak

    • Words September 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

      Darko, I’m not sure whether you have anything similar to wagtails. The killdeer is rather like our ringed plover.

      ringed plover

      • Darko September 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

        No, you are probably right, wagtails are smaller than killdeers.

        How do you insert a photo in a comment? I tried few codes but none of them worked.

        • Words September 27, 2014 at 11:39 am #

          That’s probably because I have admin rights. I just use standard html. If you leave a plain link I can always convert it from this end.

          I just used the flickr html code and then set it to html (rather than embed). It inserted the thumbnail. I’m sure with a bit of playing around a larger version may be possible.

          • Words September 27, 2014 at 11:46 am #

            Like this:

            Killdeer holding a toad in beak

            I’m not sure if you can do it though without more privileges here.

  3. Darko October 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    Oh, thanks for info. I would not be able to put that photo probably, but I will try. So far I just tried with embedding code.