Does this look good for White Wagtail ? Any help appreciated :-)
Link now fixed.
Your link didn't work, Roy.
In all likelihood the individual in your photograph IS a White Wagtail. The visible features are all well within the typical variation of the continental subspecies.
I just personally think that it is sometimes unwise to claim certainty from single photos in cases like this (although for some other species I am happy to say that there is no doubt about the Id of a bird in a much poorer quality photo!).
Yesterday I saw at least three White Wagtails (two males and a female), and a fourth bird that looked very much like them but I decided was a female Pied Wagtail at the palest end of their variation.
Another identification paper (the best currently available IMO) is linked below:
Since the experts are undecided and I'm no help either you might be interested to take a look at this paper I found online. It does go into quite a lot of detail about the differences.I hope you can view it
I will unverify it as the camp seems undecided.
Thankyou all :-)
Male White Wagtail? Or female Pied Wagtail?
It does look good for a White Wagtail, but I would personally prefer to see the bird 'in the flesh' and/or see features like the rump before saying that it definitely wasn't a pale female Pied (especially since colours can often be misleading in photos - even though they look likely to be true to life in this shot).
I would go for a male white wagtail looking at the hardish line between black and grey at the back of the neck.
Hi BamBam, it looks to me very much like the pied wagtail we get around here, pretty little bird.
Cheers Alan, mine looks whiter so hope it is a White Wag
i need it for my year list :-)
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