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ハクセキレイ / White wagtail

When I went to a park in my neighborhood, I noticed that there were an inordinate number of white wagtails. They are not rare birds to begin with, but I felt there was something different. Not only were there many of them, but they were also very active.


These are the top three wild birds (in my opinion) that I see so often that I don't know when to photograph them. The other two are brown-eared bulbul and... I don't know.

I think it's because they are usually on the ground, walking on concrete or other man-made objects, so it's hard to take good pictures of them. But they are cute.

ハクセキレイ / White wagtail
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

There are many different subspecies of white wagtails. This is an ordinary male white wagtail.

ハクセキレイ / White wagtail
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

This was the reason why they were so active. A young bird was waiting for its parents in a tree.

ハクセキレイの幼鳥 / Juvenile white wagtail
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

A young bird begging for an insect.

餌をもらうハクセキレイの幼鳥 / Feeding of a juvenile white wagtail
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR


ハクセキレイの幼鳥 / A juvenile white wagtail
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

He seemed to be feeding the young birds as he walked them from place to place.

I wondered if he was also practicing flying with the young birds.

ハクセキレイの親鳥と幼鳥 / An adult and a juvenile white wagtails
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

A sparrow. This one seems to be a young bird. The base of the bill is yellow.

スズメの幼鳥 / A juvenile sparrow
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

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