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Out of context

The identification of a species starts with the habitat it’s in. By itself it is not conclusive… but it’s an indicator. You wouldn’t expect to see a Blue Tit out at sea or a Manx Shearwater sat in a tree. Occasionally, very occasionally tho’ it happens that you need to ignore that first part of the identification process.

It took me a second or two to put a name to this chap making his way through a woodland canopy. You would normally expect a Reed Warbler to be swinging his way through the stems of a Phragmites bed not picking insects from leaves at the top of a Sycamore. So why was he there? I guess the need to feed a family and the draw of an easy meal put him where the food was.

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Reed Warbler

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