David Element

 

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___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds 228 – Cetti’s Warblers

 

 

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A squirrel on a branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

A small bird perched on a tree branch

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

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CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

 

·         Experienced birdwatchers will be only too aware of the fact that unobstructed sightings of more than a few seconds in duration of Cetti’s Warblers Cetti cetti are as rare as hens’ teeth! The subject of these photographs therefore excelled itself by having been in full view for a full seven minutes when most of these images were obtained in a small London park (the final image was taken on a later date in exactly the same place but the legs appear to be pinker and the plumage in better condition – so possibly post-moult, suggesting that there may actually be more than one bird present). The rather undemonstrative plumage and the rufous, often cocked, and fanned tail may be seen clearly. It was the first recorded member of its species to have been seen at the site and it had been present for eight days, having clearly found a small reed bed to its liking. The Cetti’s Warbler first became established as a breeding species in the UK in the early 1970s and these birds have a reputation for being heard rather than seen as they have a preference for skulking surreptitiously at the base of reed beds where they can be very difficult – if not impossible to see. Occasionally they will pop up into the lower branches of trees, but they won’t always signal their arrival by calling. However, their presence at a site is easy to determine from their loud, distinctive, and sporadic bursts of a not particularly tuneful but highly distinctive song. This bird has been steadily increasing its range in the UK.

 

·         Although David hasn’t (yet) managed to film a Cetti’s Warbler there is one calling in the background of this film of a singing European Robin Erithacus rubecula - once learned the calls will not be forgotten: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnM7OYU_dsY&list=PL4AirIEc0NodWXuwrc5XIDEb-5JeYuHk5&index=38&t=0s .

 

·         This is a very useful reference for those with an interest in Cetti’s Warblers: https://web.archive.org/web/20141202065155/http://aulaenred.ibercaja.es/wp-content/uploads/349_CettisWarblerCcetti.pdf.

 

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