Saturday, May 10, 2008

lesser whitethroat

After talking to my friend Shaun Harvey ( An excellent birder on bird songs) he suggested I track down a lesser white throat on my local patch Northweald common as he said the chances were good . I new i could find lots of common white throat but to get lesser white throat would be a challenge .On a Saturday morning I set off early to see if I could succeed .I started looking in the scrub where I normally find the common white throat and willow warbler there was a single bird singing high in the tree it didn't seem to mind me there so decided to put on my x2 converter ( = 600mmf8 ). I managed to get some great shots and then moved on to hopefully find my first lesser white throat on my patch.

I probably see 20 or so common white throat and soon came across some linnet & yellow hammer , I was walking when i caught a view of a raptor never knowing straight away what it could be I had my camera to the ready. A sparrow hawk always a pleaser to see and some good shots showing its golden eye.

Finally i have been out for an hour or so thinking I never got what I went for I could not believe it . I heard it a lesser white throat bins to the ready yes not a great view ,quiet a bit darker then i thought it would be, but the song was just as i heard it on my computer , I managed to get a quick shot and it went.It was still a very good find and was very pleased with myself .

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