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    Cetti's Warbler ? and Moustached Warbler

    Today at about 7 am I found these two warblers in old Al Qudra Lake. MARK has kindly identified the Cetti's Warbler as so.
    It looks like the Moustached Warbler is there for the past 2 weeks after I first saw.
    I am posting pictures of both the species.
    Thanks Mark for the ID.
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    Great two birds, would you mind to share map location for them?
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    map

    here is the map. It/they were in the reed beds shared by 3-5 Clamorous Reed, several Graceful Warblers and Bluthroats.
    best wishes
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    Reza - do you have any more images of the "Cetti's"? There was a Savi's in the same area this morning that very closely resembles your bird. This one image makes the bird look very rufous on the upperparts, but the buffy tone on the underparts would fit Savi's better.
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    savi's and Cetti's warblers

    Hi Mark
    It was definitely not Savi's as I know the peculiar behaviour of Savi's as I followed and photographed it in front of Zoo Villa inside Dubai Zoo in 2010 September. Picture appended. Beahviourally 2 look one world apart.
    No, I had only 2 shots and this was the best.
    the 2nd one is appended here
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    After meeting Mark at first light this morning, we headed into Qudra Lake to work the reeds in search of Reza's bird.

    Amongst the dawn chorus of Clamorous Reeds and Bluethroats though was a singing Savi's Warbler! After a short bit of playback from myself, it came right out and started calling away.

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    The Moustached Warbler also put in an appearance in the same area of reeds on the north side of the lake:

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    Still have a hard time making Reza's photo into a Savi, but I guess it has to be
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    I think it highlights the difficulty in identifying birds, especially in unfavourable poses, from a single image. Different lighting conditions, camera models & settings can all affect colour tone, but I can't see any difference, other than in tone, between these two birds in similar poses. Compare the tail & bill patterns in addition to the facial markings.

    Simon & I were treated to pretty good views this morning as the bird flicked into the front of the reeds and behaved just like any other reed-dweller, hopping up reed stems and twitching nervously (as we had been doing for the preceding hour....), before remembering that it was supposed to be a Locustella and dropping to the floor to walk skulkily away between the stems. More bizarre was the sound of it singing in January.

    Nevertheless, two great finds by Reza in the last 2 weeks. Shame about the access situation....
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    10.01.2018

    Took some time out yesterday afternoon and went in search of these two fine Warblers. Parked the car at the gate behind the Equestrian Centre and walked to the said reed-beds and after confirmation from Mark that I was in the right spot I spent 1n1/2hrs patrolling the reeds looking for a glimpse. End result..................niente! di nada! nothing! not even a chirp. I tried a little coaxing but no response. Also no sign of Bluethroat.

    Best I could do for my efforts were at least 3 Chiffys flitting back and forth between the reeds and the nearby trees.

    p.s. I did enjoy the walk though!

    p.p.s. On reflection the conditions were windy with the resulting vigorous movement of the reeds. Perhaps an early morning approach is the better option.


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