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Old Monday 6th April 2020, 10:03   #1
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Strange wagtail in Kuwait

This image was taken by Abdullah Al Kaabi recently in Kuwait, who can't work out which species it is and who is amazed at what it's eating. At first glance, it could be a Grey Wagtail.
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no grey wagtail with greenish scapulars. presumably a 2cy yellow wagtail which as a juv was grey.
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Also seems to have a badly broken right leg?
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no grey wagtail with greenish scapulars. presumably a 2cy yellow wagtail which as a juv was grey.
That reads oddly, suggests it changed species as it grew up
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That reads oddly, suggests it changed species as it grew up
as a juv had a grey colour!
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as a juv had a grey colour!
Thanks, Lou. The photographer and all his fellow birders hadn't actually seen a wagtail quite like this one in Kuwait and so perhaps it's a vagrant of a distant subspecies. Have you any idea which subspecies it might have been?
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So what do we think has happened to it's tright leg, bent the wrong way and looks almost severed?
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So what do we think has happened to it's tright leg, bent the wrong way and looks almost severed?
I think it's the angle of view tricking us and the leg is perfectly healthy
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I think it's the angle of view tricking us and the leg is perfectly healthy
You're right, illusion on my part.
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You're right, illusion on my part.
Yep, wagtails - and I get the impression especially Yellow Wagtails - are almost 'double-jointed' in their legs, and come up with often impossible-looking poses in photos

Maybe something to do with increased agility for dashing after insect prey.
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Maybe something to do with increased agility for dashing after insect prey.
Knees must.
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