Sweet wagtail by Elizabeth Kendall


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I have two wagtails in my garden!! (Afrikaans: kwikstertjie)
Gauteng, South Africa.
Cape Wagtail , Latin Name: Motacilla capensis
Habitat: Usually near fresh water or coastal lagoons but has also adapted to city parks and gardens.
Bird Call: A clear, ringing ‘tseee-chee-chee’ call and a whistled, trilling song.
Breeding: Eggs 2 – 4, usually 3, up to 5 and 7 have been recorded; dull yellowish more or less indistinctly finely speckled with brownish. Incubation by both sexes 13 – 14 days.
Adult Description: This common bird is unmistakable with its grey-brown upperparts, dark band across chest and white outer tail-feathers. No white on secondaries.
Distribution: From Kenya and the eastern Congo southwards to the Cape.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Birds in my garden
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
FEATURED in African Art and Photography
21 April 2013.


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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 1 year ago

  • Thanks very much Valerie!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

    Awesome,Elizabeth :)

  • Thanks Tony!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 1 year ago

    Aaaaaw! Such a BEAUTIFUL little cutie! A wonderful capture Liz! My pair of Wagtails has reared two babies this past summer and it’s been a real treat watching them grow up.

  • How lucky you are. It’s the first time I succeeded in taking photos of mine! Thanks so much Maree. (also for the fav!)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    Aw, so sweet!

  • Thanks Dottie!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature Tony!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on the feature Liz, well done!

  • Thanks a mill Maree!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago


  • Thanks very much Magaret!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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