Friday, 22 August 2014

Lesser Whitethroat

The Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) is always a target species for me, as I never get to see it very often and this is the first time I have been able to photograph it with any success.

I believe this one I observed to be a first year male. 
(with the usual caveat regarding my limited bird ID capabilities).

This one is feeding up in preparation for its long journey to the South of the Sahara in Africa. I read that when it migrates to UK in the Spring, it does so via the Eastern Mediterranean and from there completes the journey to England in one flight, but on its return journey now it will stop off in Northern Italy.







10 comments:

  1. Well done Roy!
    I believe indeed that it is a first year youngster!
    A great catch and and very lively photos!
    Enjoy your WE!!

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    1. Thanks Nouska and thanks for the confirmation on the ID.

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  2. nice capture. a bird I always struggle to see for some reason. Lots of Commons though

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  3. Nice catch on that little bird, very interesting. It always amazes me how far these birds go on their migration.

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    1. Thanks Denise, yes its quite amazing.

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  4. Great job Roy, it's so nice to finley see something you have been after a while.. And great shots too.
    Amanda xx

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  5. Tu as de la chance de voir cette fauvette ! Elle est superbe, j'adore.
    Bravo !

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    1. J'ai été très chanceux Nathalie.

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