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|Not as sharp as I would have liked. There was a brisk breeze blowing and the fern the bird is perched on was moving around. This is one of my target birds. Been trying for so long to successfully photograph the Grey Warbler, but they are tiny birds that move fast and go deep into the tree and gets hidden/lost in the branches. Not 100% happy with the shot, but the best I have so far. Thanks for looking.|
This tiny bird is grey-brown above and pale grey on the face, throat and breast and has an off white belly and undertail. The darker tail is tipped white and the eye is red. The song is a distinctive long musical wavering trill.
The diet is mainly invertebrates. Spiders, caterpillars, flies, beetles and bugs are often taken by the bird hovering to pick them from plants. A few small fruits are also eaten.
Breeding is between August and January and pairs stay together year after year. The female takes up to 27 days to build the distinctive domed hanging nest with a small side entrance hole. It is made of rootlets, moss, lichen, leaves, bark, tree-fern scales and fibres, twigs, cobwebs, spider egg-cases, wool, hair and feathers and is lined with a thick layer of feathers, downy seeds and tree-fern scales. The clutch of 2 – 5 white eggs with reddish-brown speckling is incubated by the female for 17 – 21 days. Both parents feed the chicks for the 15 – 19 day fledging period and for up to 35 days after the chicks leave the nest. The male does most of the later care of the first brood as the female prepares to lay the second clutch.
Info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Warbler
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- [2009-11-24 21:27]
Super shot of this very cute Grey Warbler, excellent detail in the plumage, and the OOF background almost gives this a 3D effect. Well framed and composed with a great eye catch :)