Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Warblers at Amwell

Amwell is not my first choice for bird photography because the water birds are all distant, and if you try and get closer to the island by going into the White Hide the sun is in your eyes. However, for warblers it is quite good as there is a good mix of trees and shrubs lining the many paths.

This early in the Spring the species that will possibly be seen is restricted to Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. All of these species are likely at some time to sing from the top of a bush but rarely when you have a camera in your hand. So it was a morning of skulking around bushes trying to keep the sun behind you and spotting the little brown job lurking deep down in the middle.

Eventually I did manage to find a Willow Warbler singing it's heart out but it was some 50 feet up a willow and I was therefore pleasantly surprised how well it came out.

In the same area a Blackcap was burbling away in the bushes and my patience was rewarded when it showed itself for a few brief seconds.

I think photographing warblers is going to need a lot of practice.


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