Initially very elusive, the Paddyfield Warbler seemed to be getting seen more regularly from the north wall of Pagham Harbour in recent days, and soon after my arrival (slightly behind schedule at 0815) it was indeed refound there by one of the surprisingly large number of birders looking, given how long the bird has been around. It was very active. mobile and acrobatic, and showed well but a little distantly for my 400mm lens. Fortunately the light was sufficiently good to allow some robust cropping of the shots below.
|Tail-cocked - characteristic of the species|
|Strikingly pale underparts and distinctive head pattern|
|A fortunate shot as the Warbler flew between reeds - more often than not it was obscured|
|Coming into land just after the previous shot was taken|
|The camera seemed to cope better with the bird in flight -greater surface area for the auto-focus to lock onto perhaps?|