Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wicked wagtail







9 comments:

Rosie said...

how lovely his reflections are! I'm off for some fresh air too. And I shall try and grapple with the wanderer's complicated olympus. I think the mountain itself might be easier

Zhoen said...

Funny little bird, with the big black scarf.

Julia said...

Beautiful fellow, I've never seen one quite like him!

Mike said...

Looks and seems to act a little like a sandpiper.

Lucy said...

Thanks people.

He's what we'd have called in the UK a pied wagtail, though in fact really the mainland European sub-species called the white wagtail, with a bit more white on the head. According to the book you would find them into eastern Europe too. They do behave a little like sandpipers, looking for insects in the mud and around water, but they are perching birds, not waders, they love carparks and roofs too!

They aren't great pics, he was quite a long way off by some standing water in a field, and is a bit pixellated! But I loved his feisty attitudes so much - which rather indicate to me he is a he - and his reflections. He'd just had a go at a passing kestrel when I saw him.

Tall Girl said...

oh right, I was going to ask why he was wicked!

Lucy said...

Don't you think he just looks wicked?

HLiza said...

Ha ha I wanted to ask the same question too! I hope one day I'll be able to do just that..enjoying the nature freely, consuming all it can offer..and come back a lot more richer inside.

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh what a chekky looking wagtail, so much character, so playful!