I’ve had great views of Sedge Warblers in Somerset. They manage to fly non-stop from sub-Saharan Africa to the exact spot they left the year before.
That’s impressive. Their life expectancy is just two years.
We’re on Westray when we see one:
Aren’t they fabulous? I decide to persist, to see if I can get closer and get a clear shot with a less distracting background.
That’s a bit better.
It’s a fast moving insect eater. Unlike other Warblers I’m unlikely to hear it sing. As soon as the male gets a mate it stops singing.
I’ve always liked this ‘doing the splits’ pose:
It’s ten grammes of vibrant life.
It’s the only warbler which breeds in Westray.
It’s a long way to come to raise your family. It’s 1,800 miles of continuous flying one way. Then it’s 1,800 miles of continuous flying back.
Westray is worth it.