Back to the Brickworks with my mum this past weekend, looking for birds.
We found Wood Warblers. Warblers are one of those birds that most people think are rare, but which are actually quite common. The problem is that they are small and fast-moving, and never stay in one place for more than about five seconds. As a result, they tend to get identified as “small bird, not sure what” (an extremely large and varied family of birds), and so almost nobody realizes they have actually seen a Warbler, which is a pity, because there are a lot of different and very beautiful Warblers out there. (Even more confusing, Wood Warblers do not warble. Go figure.) They are very small – three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half inches long for the most part – and often very colourful.
This is a Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Myrtle Race, a youngish male – he doesn’t have the full yellow cap that he will have when he is older. He and a variety of other Warblers (and possibly a Kinglet, too) were flitting around in the young trees along the edge of the old quarry, and in a moment of serendipity I managed to press the shutter while properly focused at the exact moment when he stopped moving for two seconds.