Friday, 21 October 2016

Moustached Warbler

Moustached Warbler is definitely one of my favourite birds. I love the rich browns, delicate tans and striking head pattern. This is only the second one I've seen here on the Besor. The area is perfect for them and it is a bit of a mystery why I only saw the one at the old reservoir. Tricky little things to get a decent photo of though - always on the move and usually behind the reeds.

Otherwise, the Jackdaw Colony area still holds the Spotted Crake (possibly here for the winter?).

There are at least three Water Rails too.

Bluethroats have arrived.


What a wonderful pose!

And the Pallid Harrier put in a couple of appearances, powering along the cliff tops.

I'm more or less convinced that the juv harrier in the area is a Pallid despite the dark wing feather tips.

Cetti's Warbler added simply because it posed well in the morning sun.

Today's mystery bird was a flushed snipe. It flew off without calling and, instead of climbing high and circling (like a common snipe), it went to ground quickly. Unfortunately I wasn't able to relocate it.

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