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The Australian Reed-Warbler is plain olive-brown above, with white underparts tinged golden-orange, and has a pale orange-brown eyebrow. The sexes are similar. This species is more often heard than seen, but will be observed at times climbing among reeds and other water vegetation. Makes short low flights across water.
The Australian Reed-Warbler’s nest, which is made from and attached to reeds, is designed to keep the eggs from rolling out even when the reeds are bent down by high winds.
Canon 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS


australian, reed warbler, acrocephalus australis, wetlands, tiny, reeds

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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 3 years ago

    What a Dear little Bird so well captured & framed love this one,

  • Many thanks Malcolm, they are very cute and perky!

    – byronbackyard

  • Angie66
    Angie66almost 3 years ago

    aww gorgeous capture hes lovely :)

  • Many thanks Angie, they are just too cute!

    – byronbackyard

  • Digidi
    Digidialmost 3 years ago

    what a great capture, these little guys are hard to photograph, i always hear them but never see them, its so pretty too

  • Many thanks Di, they are indeed very hard to capture, so tiny but very perky!

    – byronbackyard

  • Biggzie
    Biggziealmost 3 years ago

    Nice shoot, these little guys can be hard to get …. You might want to look up Golden-Headed Cisticolas, because the head markings look closer than a Reed Warbler

  • Many thanks, yes there are a lot of Cisticolas out there but generally they’re more yellow and have a bit of a ‘crest’ on the top of their heads!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alalmost 3 years ago

    A terrific shot of this wee little one. A fav Deb.

  • Many thanks Al!

    – byronbackyard

  • Biggzie
    Biggziealmost 3 years ago

    I dont agree with your ID, thats the exact markings on the Golden-Headed Cisticolas we have here.
    Aust. Reed-Warblers are 17cm long head to tail (6-7cm longer than Cisticolas) & dont have those markings on top of the head … Quote from Slaters Field guide "Unstreaked reed bird … "

  • You could very well be right, I’ll send it to the bird ‘experts’ and see what they say. Raptors are my forte, I’m not so good on ID of the smaller birds!

    – byronbackyard

  • Biggzie
    Biggziealmost 3 years ago

    The first time I shot a Cisticola, I had to show the local head of our Birding group for ID too … I searched through the wrens, robins etc , but nothing quite fit …

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 3 years ago

    Lovely little bird, whichever it is !

  • Lol, thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

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