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Picture of White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) bird on beach with red sand

April 29th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Picture of White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) bird on the beach
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera April 25th 2008. Click image for larger view.
The cute white wagtail (Motacilla alba) birds are back! It is so nice to see new birds almost every day as it gets warmer and warmer. All the new birds are a good reason to go outside with a camera and capture some pictures.
The white wagtail is personal favorite of mine because of the way the bird hunt insects. The wagtail usually walks around and then suddenly fly up in an irregular way to catch some kind of yummy insect. They are very fascinating to watch and I’m thankful that they keep the fly population down.
I love the red color on the sand corns on this beach. I’m not sure why the sand is so red, but it looks very different from the other beaches around.

Check out this picture from last spring of a white wagtail sitting on a stone. Maybe it is the same bird?

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300mm F4.0-5.6
Location: Ånstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Tags: Beach · Birds · Coast · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Shore · White Wagtail

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pentad // Apr 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Så søt da!

  • 2 Steve // Apr 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    love the way he just sits on that one solitary pebble!

    great pic…

    –steve

  • 3 Catherine // Apr 29, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    So pretty! These are some of my favourite birds, although the ones we have in the British Isles are a variant (M. alba yarrelli, not M. alba alba like yours) with a bit more black on them. I love watching them bob around; ‘wagtail’ is the perfect name.

  • 4 nicole // Apr 29, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Beautiful picture……looks so peaceful, it made me smile! 🙂

  • 5 lavinka // Apr 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Good camouflage 🙂

  • 6 Claire // Apr 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Cute is the perfect word for this bird, like Catherine said we have pied wagtail and they are very cute.

  • 7 2sweetnsaxy // Apr 30, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Awwwww! I love that it is standing on the little rock. 🙂

  • 8 Sand // Apr 30, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Nice pebbles! If only that bird would move! Naaah, it’s lovely!

  • 9 Jerry Weng // May 10, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Beautiful bird and nice shot.

  • 10 M // May 11, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Så fint! Kan det bety at det faktisk blir vår i Nord-Norge i år…en gang? (Tviler litt når jeg ser ut vinduet….;o)

  • 11 Cate // May 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    That is a very sweet photo!