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Published on May 11, 2011
Grasshopper Warblers are more often heard and seldom seen as they usually call from deep within the cover of rank grassland. Add to this their preference for singing at dawn and dusk when lighting conditions are not best suited for filming, they can be a difficult bird to get on film. I was lucky to have this individual deliver its song from an open vantage point and under reasonable lighting conditions. The song is often compared to a miniature sewing machine or a fisherman's reel playing out line, hence the term "reeling" given to the song. The song is ventriloquial in character making it even harder to locate the singing bird. The rarer Savi's Warbler has a not too dissimilar song.