Down the Rabbit Hole we go…deeper and deeper…
~ Originally created as bumper music for The Zeph Report ~
Previously unreleased material found inbetween the mess on the mixing room floor from 2012…
At this time of year the marsh is alive with song….as always, the warblers lead the way in the unrelenting serenade…
Usually found amongst the reeds, the sedge warbler (above) stakes his musical, territorial claim from dawn to dusk whilst in the trees and shrubs the blackcap (below) sings a cool, sweet tune… 🙂
Presently on the marsh the warblers are everywhere and are verbally announcing their right for their own little piece of marsh. Several species of warblers attend this yearly song festival as each play their own part in the ~ Symphony of the Swamp ~
In the photograph above where I am standing, surrounded by quickly growing reed beds is the territory of sedge warblers, reed warblers, grasshopper warblers and savi’s warblers…but the area ahead of me there are more trees, mainly willows and alders providing a more suitable habitat for chiffchaffs, willow warblers and garden warblers, though sedge warblers venture into this territory too.
All the warblers are experts at hiding and most are difficult to even see at all. Below is the sedge warbler, that wild composer who never ceases to entertain….their song is heard throughout the marsh constantly.
The sedge warblers have recently been joined again by those notorious latecomers the reed warblers…they always arrive a month later than the rest.
Next is the chiffchaff with the most simple song of all the warblers and usually the first one I hear every year. This bird was “chiff-chaffing” as I captured this image, which was convenient in establishing identity as the chiffchaff is almost identical in appearance to the willow warbler, their seperate distintive songs are the only way I can tell the two apart.
For the majority of the time warblers are heard rather than seen, the photo opportunities lessen as the reed grows and the trees fill with leaves. Generally I just enjoy their wild musical style and occasionally one may hop into view and tempt me into a game of hide and seek…a game I frequently lose! 😉