Sunday, June 17, 2012

'Stealer of secrets'.....


If you've ever tried to take a picture of a Willie Wagtail you'll know exactly how hard it is to catch them still for more than a few seconds. They flit around bobbing their fantails from side to side as they forage for bugs and insects in the grass.  Weighing in at less than an ounce they're very cute little creatures with black feathers on top, white underneath and very stylish white eyebrows, it's a bit hard to tell which is male or female as they both have the same plumage. This little fella jumped from the grass up onto the railing high above the city in Kings Park, it would have been so cool if I had managed to get the bird in focus in the city shot below, but I was pretty happy to even get him in frame at all and it does give some idea of the location. Because they aren't shy and are happy to flit around and about people, in Aboriginal folklore they are known as 'stealers of secrets' good thing I was concentrating on snapping him rather than divulging state secrets as is my usual wont haha! Have a fab Sunday, take care.....

36 comments:

  1. great shots! could you get so near or do you have a super macro? :)

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  2. You succeeded very well to take great pictures of this nice and elegant little boy!

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  3. lovely! Always nice to see birds from the "other side"!

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  4. What a nice Model...

    Servus and so long
    CL

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  5. They are so cute Grace, I love watching them in my garden taunting the cats and flirting with us, as soon as we get near, they jump further away.

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  6. You got some great shots! Very interesting post, I had never heard of this bird. Cool!

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  7. Oh, I love your Willy Wagtail, Gracie!! And what a fun name! Looks as though he's having a great time! Your shots of the city give a great perspective! Hope your weekend is going well! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  8. A nice series of pics of this cute little guy/girl.

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  9. you did it very well, I know how difficult is to take pictures of critters. My kitty Luna is my model here, and generally I take several pictures to get one good picture! :)
    Your pictures are awesome, great work!
    Léia

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  10. You captured him very well. They are always so fast, the moment you want to make a picture they have flown away.

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  11. You are lucky...He is waiting just for you!!! i like it.

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  12. How patiently did you wait for just the right moment to snap this quirky little bird. I hope that you did not tell him your secrets!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  13. Wonderful series of photos of this little character! His central presence in the city view suggests he is on top of the world, maybe owns the world! Beautiful!

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  14. Bonza photos. The last photo gets my vote :-).

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  15. You did very well to capture him/her. I always stop when I see one and try and get that perfect shot, but as you described they don't like to sit and pose.
    Enjoy your Sunday too, we have sunshine :)

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  16. What an adventure the second picture. Always two hands of air beneath his wings; and a good Sunday for you as well.

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  17. Arent they the best!Always stop to watch these little fellows.Fiona

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  18. Well I just like his name! It somehow matches his character!

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  19. I think his name fits! I had never heard of this bird, but he certainly is a looker! Great shots of him!

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  20. Amazing!! Busy little birds these. Great shots!!!

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  21. He looks like he's wearing a tuxedo to go to a fancy dress ball.

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  22. What a handsome little bird.

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  23. Je pense que cet oiseau choisit ses photographes. Tu as eu la chance d'être sélectionnée, Gracie. Serait-ce un présage? L'annonce d'un tournant proche dans ta vie?
    Bon week-end!

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  24. I love how their little feathered tails stick straight up in the air .... Such sweet natured little critters!

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  25. What a contrast from yesterday's post Grace. From enormous gnashing dinosaurs to tiny feathered friends. Your blog always promises variety. Great stuff.

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  26. Different colouring but almost the same as UK's. Are Wagtails the only bird that 'walks' rather than hops?

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  27. Lovely shots of Willie, he obviously has a head for heights!

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  28. What a pretty little bird! Love the top shot, Grace.

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  29. You are so lucky with this variety of interesting birds!

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  30. Great catches, Grace. They are devilishly hard to capture.

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  31. well done .. for me its Robins .. they go bob bob bobbin before I can get the shutter pressed ... grrrr

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  32. 2nd picture and birds pictures are too gooood...

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