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20 Minutes With a Rufous Bush Robin

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« on: June 16, 2009, 19:44 PM »
I'd like to show you a couple of photos of one bird taken over a period of 20 minutes last week on the Los Arenales-Santa Pola coast road. I'm so thrilled to have had this time in the company of this rather special little bird. The only regret I have is that I don't use a camcorder, I could have shot some amazing footage as he let me get so very close...

I've been to this location before, Malcolm Palmer the Costa Blanca Bird Guide author told me about the place and that RBRs bred there, and I have had glimpses of them on a regular basis. Last week I went there in the morning, saw a couple of them flitting about in the trees but no chance of a shot. I was about to leave the area when I heard a strange insistent buzzing noise which I decided to investigate.  This is what I discovered, I got to within 15 feet of the action and just kept snapping away....

He was displaying at a female sitting in a nearby shrub, I hadn't heard this call before although I have often heard the song, which as Malcolm told me is a bit like a Robin with a sore throat - no wonder it's sore if you buzz away like this all day... :-X

I'll be putting these and a lot more on my Photopic site later this week when I'm offshore, I must have taken over 100 shots during the 20 minutes and he was still at it when I went away, so I hope he eventually got his reward  :biggrin:

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Mark
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2009, 20:22 PM »
'The Full Monty'. I love it.  :biggrin:
If he'd had underpants on, they'd have been down!

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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2009, 20:36 PM »
Hi Mark
stunning photos, congratulations
Regards
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2009, 21:43 PM »
that is fantastic. Great shots. im not at all jealous.
All the views i have ever got is of them disappearing off into the shrubbery.
Andy

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2009, 23:36 PM »
Fabulous photos Mark,
what a great moment!
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2009, 12:46 PM »
I've put the best 15 shots into a separate gallery on my Photopic site, you can go straight to it at:

http://marketheridge.photos.me.uk/c1714011.html

Take a look, but only if you're interested of course!  8)

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Mark
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2009, 17:21 PM »
« Last Edit: June 18, 2009, 17:30 PM by nick »
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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2009, 18:05 PM »
Oooo! Fame at last... :dancing:

I've never (to my knowledge) been mentioned in a Blog before.

<blush>
Mark
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