#Project365; Day 130. Dartford Warbler
I was wandering Witley Common on the lookout for reptiles today, and instead my attention was drawn by rustling and flitting in the heather, and a strange, croaky little call. After seeing a dark, long-tailed shape bobbing up occasionally, I figured it must be a Dartford Warbler, so I got very excited trying to get a picture/video. They’re fast and shy, so the photos aren’t very good, but here it is. There are two of one perched, and the other is
even worse terrible quality, but I liked it because its eye is framed by a circle cut out of a birch leaf by a Leaf Cutter bee.
I suspect there may be a nest nearby, as a couple of (tantalisingly, infuriatingly) unfocused shots show it with a beak full of caterpillars. Dartford Warblers nest low down in dense heather/gorse, so I might go back this week and just sit quietly nearby hoping to get a decent shot.