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Re: White Wagtail shots

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  • Jim
    Spectacular bird. I d love to find one of these guys. A couple of the tertials look to be retained juvenile feathers, so a first-cycle, I expect. Jim Pike HB
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 10, 2013
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      Spectacular bird. I'd love to find one of these guys. A couple of the tertials look to be retained juvenile feathers, so a first-cycle, I expect.

      Jim Pike
      HB


      --- In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com, Matt Sadowski wrote:
      >
      > San Diego County, Chula Vista, 10 Feb. 2013, time: 0753
      >
      > I was driving south on Bay Blvd. just south of Ada St. when all of a
      > sudden there was a Say's Phoebe chasing a black and white bird flashing
      > white in the wings and white outer tail feathers right in front of my
      > car. I slammed on the brakes and veered off the road while the phoebe
      > settled on a fence and a WHITE WAGTAIL landed on the road and proceeded
      > to walk to a pothole and take a drink. I snapped off a few shots as the
      > wagtail walked to the middle of the road. I picked up my cell phone and
      > started calling people I knew were in the immediate area. Unfortunately
      > the wagtail hopped up onto a fence and immediately took off to the south
      > and quickly gained altitude flying out of sight and slightly
      > south/southeast. Duration: ~45 seconds. I had to keep looking at the few
      > shots I got to convince myself of what had just happened.
      >
      > Many birders checked the wet/open areas on both side of the freeway
      > immediately south of the initial location along with potential areas in
      > the Tijuana River Valley and beaches to the west with no luck. The
      > original location was also checked throughout day. Midwinter, so you
      > would think it would be in the area somewhere still.
      >
      > The bird looks like an adult "Black-backed" Wagtail showing all white
      > median/greater coverts and obvious white on the secondaries/primaries of
      > the closed wing with the white on the secondary edges looking especially
      > solid.
      >
      > A few docu-shots:
      > http://www.flickr.com/photos/68911779@N00/
      >
      >
      > --
      > Matt Sadowski
      > Chula Vista, CA
      >
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