Getting to Grips with 'Groppers'
The spring migrants are starting to arrive, and this morning I went out at first light with one target bird in mind, the grasshopper warbler or 'Gropper'. They really are wonderful little birds to photograph. They are fairly easy locate from their characteristic churring grasshopper call, although those people in their later years sometimes appear to have difficulty in hearing its high frequency.
I located a bird calling in a bramble patch before the sun had risen far.
It did not take long for the dawn sun to light up the bramble patch with a soft golden glow. The warbler was soon on the highest stem....
and very quickly burst into song.
The only real views you can get of these birds are when they come up from deep within the vegetation to 'reel'. The song can be quite prolonged and the whole bird tremors as it radiates it song.