Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Meadow Pipit.


Pipits are typically rather small, slim passerines with a long tail and a pointed bill that spend much of their time on the ground. The Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) is the most common species that we reguarly see and is a resident breeder in the UK. We are also able to witness their large passage movements from March to May and again during Septmber and October. Its normal habitats include open country, heaths and moors, plus coastal marshes, pastures and bogs.

This individual was photographed during a recent wander around Farlington Marshes  (click this link for previous posts and species seen at this coastal location). I would have preferred not to have the fence post in the background but you can clearly see all its distinguishing features including those extra long curved hind claws as it tightly gripped its barbed wire perch.   FAB.

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30 comments:

  1. the bird is very pretty, but i zoned in on the fence right away! that is some SERIOUS barbed wire you've got across the pond!

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    1. Hi Theresa ... it's to keep the cattle out of the pond!

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  2. Fence post or no - it's a great shot of this bird! That's quite a fence it landed on.

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  3. Hi Frank; you may have preferred the pippit out there by itself but I think the fence-post offers a nice feel to your photograph. Not a bird I get to see here, delightful.

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  4. Lovely shot, saw my first at the weekend up on the moors.

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  5. Awesome shot of the Pitpit. Thanks for sharing, happy birding!

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  6. I don't feel the fence post detracts from your wonderful photo of the Pitpit at all. Very nice.

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  7. A lovely image of a beautiful little bird Frank... I see them in the Lake District above Keswick on my wanderings.
    The best image I have is just about a record shot.

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  8. Beautiful photo.

    Regards and best wishes

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  9. Nice capture and she's a beauty!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. I have to side on the comments of liking the fence post. It gives this a very rural feel with the barbed wire. A lovely capture!
    The Pitpit squeezed right in there. :)

    Thanks for your visit.

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  11. Great photo of the Pipit. I have never found the ones out here easy to photograph. They are just too shy and too quick.

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  12. Never easy to photograph Frank, but this was a nice shot.

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  13. Love this image Frank. Hope all is well with you and let us know how your Dad is doing. Carol

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  14. Hi there - very nice set of pictures – it’s been a while since I had a Mippet on my year list (if I kept one!)

    The Willie Wagtail is a type of Fan Tail - and not closely related to the Wagtails in the UK.

    Cheers - Stewart M

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  15. Lovely shot of a lovely bird Frank.

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  16. A beautiful photo of the Meadow Pipit, such a pleasure.

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  17. Nice shot Frank! The Meadow Pipit, an under rated bird and one that we take for granted at times, hopefully not to our cost!
    J
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  18. I'm with you Frank on not being a fan of wire or wood posts in bird photography but the geometry and perspective in this shot are fascinating!

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  19. A very nice shot and don't mind the fence post at all!

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  20. 'Like a bird on a wire' - great shot of this cute fellow, Frank!

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  21. A lovely little bird. He must have to land carefully on that barbed wire.

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  22. That's a beautiful, and well captured, image Frank. My vote goes with the fence post, it adds depth and context to the image!...[;o)

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  23. Well wildlife is never very co-operative when it comes to posing for the camera is it. Personally I like the post behind - emphasises that lovely profile. Wonderful photo - as always!

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  24. A most beautiful photograph of a stunning little bird! Delightful!

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  25. Looks like a sharp fence there! Beautiful bird! I also love your blog header!

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  26. An adorable, sweet little bird.

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