Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Reed Warbler

A bird that is more easy to hear than see. A skulking small, brown bird that comes to this country in the summer months to breed and spends the winter months in sub-tropical Africa.

A bird that I have never really been able to photograph well due to its habit of staying in dense reed beds. That has now changed.



It's a shame that in the bottom photo the bird is facing away from me, but I am quite pleased with the results. These two photos are crops of the originals, which are below. I put my fieldcraft `skills` into good use with this bird, hearing and seeing it first and then sitting still and waiting for the bird to come to me. At times he was less than 3 feet away, singing and just perched.







As always, click on the photos for a larger image.

24 comments:

  1. Those are some fantastic images you have captured! Usually so difficult to get a clear shot of them, what with all the reeds in the way!

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    1. Thanks Lou Mary! I got lucky with this one!
      J

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  2. Great photos of the Reed Warbler.
    The first two pictures are totally awesome .
    Regards, Irma

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    1. Hi Irma,
      Many thanks for the visit and the very kind words!
      J

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  3. It is a pretty bird, great shots of the Reed Warbler.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, they are pretty, mostly overlooked birds, due to be being mostly brown.
      J

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  4. Hi John These photos are spectactular. The details, particularly in the first 2 shots is amazing. The bird was very accommodating for you to be able to get them as they are usually further down in the reeds. Well done. Margaret

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    1. Thanks Margaret,
      Yes, normally that's where I see them, deep in the reeds, but after a while of me sitting still, this one came out and ignored me totally!
      J

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  5. Beautiful captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. A real skulker John.
    Excellent shots.

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    1. Thanks Keith, never a truer word!
      J

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  7. You have taken some fantastic images John.
    I hear it a lot at Castor H, but as for seeing it, forget it.

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    1. Thanks Roy!
      They are a lot easier to hear than see, this time I got lucky.
      J

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  8. Nice post, nice images of a tricky bird to capture. Its also a timely reminder that I haven't seen a Reed Warbler for ages... I must put that right very soon

    Dave

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    1. Thanks Dave!
      Now is the time to put it right, they are singing all the time at the moment.
      J

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  9. You must have been very patient to get those photos John.
    I'm happy because I saw a Jay in the garden today - it happens on about one day per year!
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    1. Thanks Bazza!
      They say that patience is a virtue, I don't know about that, I just got lucky.
      Always nice to see a Jay, even if it's once a year, that makes it more special!
      J

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    1. Hi Gunilla,
      Thank you, too kind!
      J

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  11. A brilliant set of shots John.

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  12. These shots are at the very top end of brilliant.
    Great job,John.
    John.

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