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Whitethroat, Lochwinnoch

I have been aware for a few weeks that whitethroats are probably breeding in a spot not far from my house. Proof of their successful breeding came today from a visitor to the reserve who told me that they were feeding young.

 

As it was such a beautiful evening and I knew the light would be good, I went to watch them and try and get a photo or two. I took loads of photos, came home and deleted the vast majority. As whitethroats usually do, they were breeding in a very tangled & 'messy' area and it was difficult to get a clear shot without very distracting vegetation elements. I was delighted therefore when this particular bird posed in the common valerian (just about to flower) plants briefly and I was able to fire off a few shots quickly. The whole scene is bathed in the golden evening light.

 

The whitethroat is not a particularly common bird around Lochwinnoch of course, as they are birds of drier ground than wetlands, so it's nice to see them. The wetland is a haven for sedge warblers of course with sometimes more than 200 pairs estimated in our breeding bird surveys.

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Taken on June 3, 2011