22 June 2010

Midsummer Warblers

One of many Black Browed Reed Warblers a couple of days ago. They are a very common summer visitor and can be heard in pretty much any areas of uncut grassland in summer.

Here is one singing.

Click on the video when it starts playing for the full HD version. I used the 1.4 teleconverter for most videos these days, on the 100-400 a t/c is crap for photos but works rather well on video........

The bird you can hear singing in the background is a Grays Grasshopper Warbler, one of the most secretive birds I've ever come across. I did manage to get a couple of brief glimpses today but the chances of even a record shot would seem to be impossible.

It was very overcast, the photos of the same singing bird as above weren't so great.

The grasslands were alive with birds yet again. One common bird I have yet to take a decent shot of is Long Tailed Rosefinch. They seem very shy and fly off before I can ever get in range for a shot, even from the car window. I have to make do with 'bird in landscape' pics like this one.

This very scraggly looking Red Fox was hanging around, not at all tame like the ones at Onuma. I hope it looks this way because it's moulting and not sick...........

Thanks for clicking on this link.


Fingers crossed for tomorrow night.........


  1. The midsummer birding looks good there Stu. I like the little video.

  2. The photos are excellent! Congratulations!

  3. Great images and awseome video! Im always looking up for new videos from you... I think i will have to chnage my dslr and update for one with video capture!

  4. Thanks for the kind comment Dominic, the video is great for cloudy days when it's too dark for decent photos ( for video you have to use low shutter speeds anyway).

  5. Stu,
    check this out:

  6. Wow Nice photos of the Black-browed Reed warblers again!
    I like the one with the bird perching on the purplish flower.


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