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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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19 April, 2015

Pied Wagtail: Polly Dishwasher | Nature Notes from Dorset

The pied wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) is a real trial to photograph as it just does not keep still! It is always running around, here and there, chasing this, chasing that! It is, in fact, the smallest bird that actually walks; other small birds tend to hop. You quite often see them running on tarmac or concrete (ie hard surfaces) rather than grass, I guess it is an easier surface to walk on!
The other interesting thing about this bird is that it is almost indistinguishable from the white wagtail.

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