Sunday, 25 November 2012

A Rare Find

During my walk around the local Parkland on Friday just before leaving, I checked a small area which separates two of the lakes. It is a grassed area with low bush and waters edge trees on one side with larger trees on the other. I had taken a few shots of a Wren and moved on further. I then noticed another small brown bird moving along the trees and bushes on the waters edge. 
I followed and photographed it where it showed sufficiently.

I had no idea of identification at this time, but abiding by the Steve Borichevsky's motto "Shoot first and ask questions after" ( Steve's )
I kept shooting where possible. I eventually lost sight of it and checking my camera screen found that I had a few reasonable shots that I could hopefully ID it later.

Blyth's Reed Warbler

When I uploaded it onto my Mac, I still had no idea what it was. Having searched my bird books I had a stab at calling it a Cetti's Warbler, which I had not seen before, although I know that other local English bloggers that I follow have done so. I posted it on the local Bird Club Site which the Webmaster has kindly given me access to post images of interest in the local area as and when.

I have since been advised by one of our local birding experts that it is in fact a Blyth's Reed Warbler. (Acrocephalus dumetorum)  From what I read this is a rare find so it certainly pays to "Shoot first and ask questions after".
Apparently if you are fortunate enough to see one it will be around the September/October time of the year.


  1. Wow, what an excellent find! Very well spotted Roy, I would have struggled to identify that one too. Great captures. You'll have all the twitchers out now ;-)

    1. Thanks Jan, I didn't have a clue really Jan.
      Yes they will be running riot now.{:))

  2. Hi Roy

    A great post and great advice photograph first id later and when in doubt shoot more. I loved seeing the warbler.

    All the best.

  3. Hey Roy...Awesome shooting on the rare one ..another notch in your camera ; )

  4. Great find Roy and well done capturing some superb shots of this rare visitor. I'm super envious ;)

  5. Amazing record, a first for Cambs and the rarest bird in the county for perhaps a decade. Would have attracted hundreds of admirers had it stayed. 115 records in UK, most of these come from far-flung Scottish islands so rare indeed!

  6. A great find Roy..well done.

  7. A Great find..and on a very late date!..might be one of..if not the latest? Well done, keep your finger on the hair trigger.


  8. Wow - congrats and lucky you Roy... fancy finding a rare bird!
    And well done on starting the new blog.. some people eh!!!

  9. Roy, this is AMAZING! Congratulations! What a sweet looking bird, even if it is plain! Love it!


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