Does this look good for White Wagtail ? Any help appreciated :-)
There's a photo on here BamBam and it looks very similar www.sbsg.org/.../recent-news
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In reply to Alan.:
Cheers Alan, mine looks whiter so hope it is a White Wag
i need it for my year list :-)
In reply to BamBam:
Hi BamBam, it looks to me very much like the pied wagtail we get around here, pretty little bird.
Lot to learn
In reply to gaynorsl:
I would go for a male white wagtail looking at the hardish line between black and grey at the back of the neck.
In reply to M K:
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).
In reply to RoyW:
I will unverify it as the camp seems undecided.
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
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In reply to TeeJay:
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:
Your link didn't work, Roy.
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