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Photo of White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) – A sure sign of spring and autumn in northern Norway

September 30th, 2007 · 6 Comments

Photo of White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on May 11th 2007. Click image for larger view.

The white wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a sure sign that the spring has come to northern Norway. It is one of the last birds that come flying back from their winter “holiday” in Africa. The white wagtail is also one of the last birds to fly away from northern Norway late in the autumn.
I still see some white wagtails around here, but it is a matter of weeks, if not days, until they all migrate to Africa. Sometimes I wish I could migrate to warmer climates when the winter gets rough.

I love watching the white wagtail chasing insects to feed on as it is a very good at flying and follow the insects every move.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 150 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
Location: Ånstad, Andørja (Ibestad) in northern Norway

Tags: Birds · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · White Wagtail · Wildlife

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 E: Olsen // Sep 30, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Flott fuglebilde, ikke alltid like lett å ta bilde av småfugler.

  • 2 jon // Sep 30, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    absolutely wonderful. I would like to take more photos of regional birds.

  • 3 Danielle Blogging for Balance // Oct 1, 2007 at 12:25 am

    I have been trying to decide if I should write something about the photos I post. I like the way that you do this.

  • 4 steve // Oct 1, 2007 at 1:55 am

    what a cool bird 🙂

  • 5 Thomas Laupstad // Oct 1, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Olsen: Ja, skulle ønske jeg hadde lengre zoom. God optikk er så dyrt!

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