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.