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Yellow wagtail        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Quite a few wagtail species breed in Eurasia and Africa; in eastern Europe the most common is the pied, or white wagtail, but the more colorful yellow wagtails were also present (but at much lower density).   Males have bright yellow bellies while females (above right) are a more subdued gray-brown.   These were photographed in eastern Poland, near Biebrza National Park.   A pair was breeding in a field of oats next to a country road; while I waited for the birds to bring food to their chicks the cows in the adjacent field wandered over, full of apparent curiosity, to inspect me and my camera.

  • Canon 1D3 or 40D, 500 mm f4 IS lens with 1.4X or 2X converter, fill-in flash (2008)