...I like nothing more than dashing off to Portland to photograph birds. Nick Hopper asked me what I was going to call this blog post as I stood with him and finder Joe Stockwell snapping a ridiculously co-operative Melodious Warbler at Portland Bill after work this evening. My choice of title honours a promise extracted to give him some credit for the first shot below, as the Melodious sat up and posed in response to a manful bout of pishing. Tribute thus paid, I am scraping together what little credit remains for myself for the other shots. Minus that which goes to Joe for finding it of course. And a share for the nice people at Canon, without whom none of this would have been possible.
|Melodious Warbler, Portland Bill|
|This shot shows the shorter primary projection which helps distinguish Melodious from the similar Icterine Warbler|
|The upperparts are also browner compared to the more grey-green Icterine|
|Quite a chunky bird, it moved deliberately at times making it relatively easy to photograph|
|Portland wouldn't be Portland without a Wheatear|
|The Melodious was faithful to the same small patch of Tree Mallow throughout|