Cetti's Warbler (Cettia cetti), Fen Drayton Lakes, April 2021

by Bob Chappell April. 25, 2021 203 views
Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti), Fen Drayton Lakes (Cambs), April 2021

Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti), Fen Drayton Lakes (Cambs), April 2021

This may not look like a very exciting photograph, but a lot of birdwatchers would love to see this bird out in the open, and more significantly performing its courtship ‘dance’ as it is here. I have heard many cetti’s warblers, but glimpsed few. I have only photographed one previously, and that was through foliage. They are very loud but also very shy.

On a recent walk through the RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes reserve I heard this one calling. I was taken aback to see it very clearly in a gap between the leaves. It continued calling as I photographed it, flapping its wing (I only realised it flapped one wing at a time after I examined the photos). Just out of sight, mostly obscured by foliage, was its mate, which appeared to respond by calling occasionally. After taking several bursts of shots from two angles – the sun kindly came out from a behind a cloud – I watched them fly off together (but into the trees, not the sunset).

This was a very privileged moment. I know many wildlife photographers who just yearn for a single shot of this little bird, plain though he may be.

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Sabine Phb 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Great collection of bird photo’s. Impressive and inspirational.

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Bob Chappell Replied to Sabine Phb 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Sabine

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Nancy Andrea D 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Absolutely a fabulous shot!!

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Bob Chappell Replied to Nancy Andrea D 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Andrea

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Adrian Morris 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Great photo. I don't think cetti warblers make it as far north as Wigan.

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Bob Chappell Replied to Adrian Morris 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Adrian.
Coming from the far side of Billinge Lump, I'm tempted to make a comment about them not eating pies.

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Adrian Morris Replied to Bob Chappell 4 months, 3 weeks ago

They probably don't. But I'm sure they would love meat and tatie pies if they had the chance to taste them. 
Didn't realise you were from "the far sie of Billinge Lump".

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Olga Helys 4 months, 4 weeks ago

wooooooooow
GREAT CAPTURE
Beautiful details

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Bob Chappell Replied to Olga Helys 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you Olga

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