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Cetti's Warbler

Longham Lakes | Dorset


The Cetti’s Warbler – described as a small and secretive species that is easy to hear, difficult to locate and even harder to see. And if you are lucky enough to see one it’s invariably a brief glimpse as it moves through thick low-level vegetation. Although the Cetti’s Warbler is regarded as a scarce, local species in Britain, there are a number of locations on my ‘local patch’ where they can be found. I’ve photographed a few over the years, but have only one single shot of one in the open. On Monday morning I walked round Longham Lakes and heard quite a number of them singing, but couldn’t locate where any of them were. But then I found a spot where two birds seemed to be in competition with each other – presumably establishing territories – and, to my surprise, they were flitting between a couple of trees and some bushes and, on occasions, were just about visible. I stuck with them for an hour and managed to get quite a few shots.

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Taken on April 8, 2019