For a few days we scattered live meal worms on a pebble shore of the river and provided a small plastic box packed with more. The local pair of Grey wagtails soon started to show an interest and started to visit frequently. We then set up a series of props. Rocks, logs and branches all with the plastic box screwed on behind out of view. Over several days we got many pictures in different settings.
The Grey wagtail is a good example of a bird I do not like to photograph in bright sunshine. The pale yellow colour burns out easily in the sun. They looked much better on bright cloudy days and even worked well in the rain.
Grey wagtail, Motacilla cinerea, single male by water, Warwickshire, April 2016