1 EAGLETON NOTES: Grey Wagtail

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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Grey Wagtail

Today we went to Buckfast Butterfly and Otter Centre.  I shall doubtless post some photos but the real bonus for me was neither a butterfly nor an otter.  It was a Grey Wagtail.  I thought that it was the first time I had photographed one but, in fact I posted about one here.


12 comments:

  1. What a splendid picture. Do you have lots of lenses for your camera? I'm sure I could never get such a sharp photo of a bird.

    I am also wondering "why butterflies and otters?". They don't seem to go together very naturally. I suppose there is no reason why they shoud. Come to think of it, I did visit a place in France that specialised in snakes and meerkats!

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    1. Thank you and no, Jenny, I have one lens but it's a wide angle to 810mm equivalent anti-shake (and all that jaz) cross-over camera. It suits me fine because of my travelling and my photographic needs. I gave up my Pentax and all its lenses when the digital age came along. The paraphernalia weighed the best part of 20k so couldn't go by air these days anyway.

      I think it just happens to be butterflies and otters - possibly the likes of the people who originally set it up. There's more too. Future blogs.

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  2. otters are such cute, playful animals! I have to agree with Jenny, that is a strange combination, but hers was stranger.

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    1. Otters are cute and playful but I wouldn't want to get too near one because they can be remarkably vicious if you upset them.

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  3. Is this a Robin sized bird? Such a great pose!

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    1. It's about the size of an American Robin (much larger than a British Robin) and is the same family and genus although a different species. I hope that helps Lisa.

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  4. Every time you show a picture of a bird (or any other animal, like the ones with the dogs running on the beach some time ago) I am impressed by how great your pictures always turn out.

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    1. Digital photography is wonderful Meike because I take hundreds of photos to get the few ones that satisfy me. Thank you for your comment though. It makes it worthwhile.

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  5. We have white wagtails here (one of the few birds I've "always" known ever since childhood) but I don't think I've ever seen a grey one. Cute.

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    1. I'm not sure how widely they are spread Monica. They are not very common in the UK though.

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  6. The bird reminds me of a scissor-tailed flycatcher, the state bird of Oklahoma. ;^)

    Nice to catch up with you.
    ;^)

    Miss C

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    1. They are both insect eaters but are of different families. I suspect that their flight patterns are likely to be similar though. Good to be caught up with Cynthia.

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