Weekly Photo Challenge: Wowed By Warblers


Weekly Photo Challenge: Wowed By Warblers

This week I’m celebrating having seen two warblers that I have never seen or photographed before! Jubilant? You bet I am πŸ™‚

I was alerted to the presence of both these beautiful birds by their own joyful song of Spring. This first one really took me by surprise! Only a few weeks or so before I caught sight of him I had commented on a photo by Solaner, Wordless Wednesday: Blackcap, saying how wonderful it was to see photos of a bird I have been trying to catch sight of for years! Guess what? Found him!!! The beautiful Blackcap, a member of the warbler family. Please follow the link to the RSPB site and have a listen to his song! He’s often known as the Northern Nightingale so I will dedicate these images to my long-suffering Crohn’s consultant, Dr Nightingale at St Mark’s Hospital in London. He’s a big fan of my photography and is backing a project to brighten the hospital walls with some of my floral, landscape and wildlife photos. I saw him just today and have him utterly puzzled once again over some completely unexplained abdominal pain. Tests so far suggest that it’s not a hernia, active disease or strictures! Our plan now is that next time I get an attack of severe pain that I go to my local Emergency department armed with a CT scan request form. Perhaps my bowel is getting twisted at times? It could be something completely unrelated to the Crohn’s so my local doctor has ordered an ultrasound. We’ll figure it out! Until we do I shall continue to be joyful over all the wonders of nature, especially the birds that sing so beautifully for me πŸ™‚


This second songster is the rarely seen Wood Warbler. At first I had thought that it was probably the slightly more common Willow Warbler but the distinctive yellow throat gave it away! The most amazing thing about these two birds that I have never even laid eyes upon before, is that I discovered them both on local stretches of The Basingstoke Canal. Right on my doorstep! Having the opportunity to sit and study them for quite a while was such a thrill for me. Exquisite little birds with the most joyful song to match their delicate beauty. I feel utterly blessed πŸ™‚


52 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Wowed By Warblers

  1. I can hear your joy jumping out of the page! And the song is gorgeous! Well done on these beautiful captures Sarah. Well done too on the opportunity to adorn the hospital walls with your photographic work and keeping your chin up despite ill health. Having a passion is so important.πŸ’•

    • Thank you πŸ˜€ Yes, I think my enthusiasm rather leapt onto the page today!! Glad you had a listen πŸ™‚ I get so excited when I hear the song of a warbler! All the birds are in fine voice at the moment with spring in full swing πŸ™‚ I really hope they can get the printing funded soon as I know the pleasure I have got from all these natural beauties that I’ve photographed over the years πŸ™‚ We hope it will have a positive therapeutic impact on patients and staff! Life is all about passion πŸ˜€

  2. They are exquisite! Great photos. I like context in which you photographed them…so natural.

      • agreed. But it’s harder to do than to get them around a feeder, so well done!

      • Thanks again Lisa! Like most people who photograph birds I honed some of my skills around a bird feeder. It’s fun to watch all the different birds coming in to garden feeders πŸ™‚ My mother-in-law has a fantastic set up in her garden and I do photograph the birds in the trees around the feeders! I could easily sit in her garden and watch them all day πŸ˜€

      • I like the feeder shots too and it is really fun to watch them. It’s just a bit more rare to get them in the trees for sure

  3. Sarah, what wonderful captures and how exciting to learn about your display. How rewarding that must be. So sorry to hear about your health issues – I do pray your good days outnumber those that are more challenging!

    • Thanks Stacy πŸ™‚ It’s been a great year for my bird watching and photography!! It’s been taking some time to get the photography display sorted out but I think it’s almost there! I will always have this ongoing battle with my health but having my art and being able to enjoy the outdoors keeps me going πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Solaner πŸ™‚ I just couldn’t believe it, finding the blackcap so soon after commenting on yours! No sign of the female but I rather hope that they’re nesting in the area πŸ™‚ My consultant and I have been planning the display for about the last three years but it takes time to get approval and funding! I’m donating the digital files of the images but it’s going to be costly to print the number that Dr Nightingale would like. It’s a specialist hospital for intestinal disease and they’ve been treating me for nearly twenty years so this is my way of giving something back πŸ™‚

  4. Love these bird photo captures! They are so beautiful and adorable. Glad you get to be out and taking beautiful photos. Sorry to hear about your health problem, Sarah. Take care of yourself…

  5. Such stunning little birds Sarah and as always you’ve captured them perfectly! I don’t blame the Dr wanting to have your stunning photos on the wall in the hospital. It will brighten up every room and hall and make every feel much better. Nature is so healing and it is wonderful watching it.

    Sorry to hear about your tummy problem. I hope it just go away and you’re never bothered with it again. In the meantime, enjoy nature and thanks for sharing your stunning photos with us. β™₯

    • Nature really is incredibly healing!! It’s certainly one of the things that keeps me going πŸ™‚ The hospital will feel so different once it’s been brightened up! Hopefully it will be less clinical. I wish it would just go away too but sadly there’s no cure so we just have to manage my symptoms and flare-ups as best we can! I’m fortunate to have specialist doctors!! I will always enjoy being out in nature πŸ™‚ It’s a joy to be able to share the photos with others who have such similar passions to mine too! Thanks Sophia πŸ™‚

      • That is a fact Sarah and that is unfortunate. I do however know how it feels to have a chronic condition where only the symptoms can be treated and I am glad you have great doctors. πŸ˜€

        It will definitely be bright and beautiful with your gorgeous photographs. πŸ˜€

        I feel the same way about nature and I love seeing your lovely work. Keep it up sweetie. πŸ˜€ β™₯

  6. Sarah oh my aren’t they treasures! How exciting for you finding them. I do hope this ultrasound finds the source of your pain. You have such strength. Wonderful that your photos will adorn those walls .. Thinking of you

    • Thanks Julie πŸ™‚ Treasures indeed!! Their songs are pure, unbridled joy πŸ˜€ I really hope we can find the exact cause of the pain even if it turns out that I just have to live with it. It’s not knowing that’s the worst! Honestly, I’m not all that strong, I’ve just gotten used to how it all works over the years and I refuse to become a recluse! I it’s more stubbornness actually πŸ˜‰

  7. Beautiful images….how wonderful to find the little feathered throats which pour out that joyful singing Sarah. Hope you’re not feeling sore and that you don’t need that scanπŸ’•

    • Thanks Seonaid πŸ™‚ Don’t you love the way their throat feathers ruffle as they sing? Watching and listening to the birds is a good way of taking my mind off my own discomforts!! Hopefully I can get the scans done soon and get some answers. This is just one of the troubles with Crohn’s! Sometimes we develop functional problems with adhesions and twisted bowel. If you’ve already had a lot of surgery, like me, it makes it really risky for them to operate again unless there’s dire need. I may just have to find a way to manage the pain as best I can. It would just be helpful to know exactly what’s causing it rather than making lots of guesses!! Have cut out the little fibre from my diet for now which is boring but helps a bit. It’s a good thing I’m not a vegetarian!!

    • Thanks Lisa, for the comment and the thoughts! I’m a very excitable person so imagine how difficult it is not to let it all out when I’m out watching the birds πŸ˜‰ I really wanted to squeal with delight and had to suppress it!!

  8. Sarah, I do hope the scans go well, I have one coming up too. All good wishes to you. And – ex-birder that I am! – I love the warbler photos – wonderful! Adrian

    • Thanks my friend and I wish you the best with yours too!! Is there really such a thing as an ex-birder?!? I bet you still love watching them πŸ™‚ Have you been watching Springwatch this week? Fascinating bird activity πŸ˜€

      • No, you’re right, there isn’t such a thing as an ex-birder – birds are still very important to me, and many of my IF skills are still there in my head, but I never go specifically looking for birds now, I’m just happy to see whatever appears. But no, Springwatch is not for me, I’d much rather see the real thing. Years ago, my job for 5 years was taking clients on safari in Kenya – and a few times I’d be showing them some enthralling natural thing, only to be told they’d already seen it on TV! >>> what a let down! And of course actually being there on safaris spoiled me for televised material completely. A

      • I don’t often go out specifically looking for particular birds, it’s more wildlife and nature in general. I just happen to like being out at places where I get excellent opportunities to see quite a lot of different things πŸ™‚ Oh I love seeing things on TV, in photos and in real life!! If I ever finally get the chance to go on safari there’s no way the experience could possibly be diminished in any way by what I have seen or read previously. I am definitely a product of Attenborough era TV. It’s made me want to explore more and really study the wildlife I do get to see. The experiences with the same creatures in life and from watching film are so different I find that the one only adds to the experience of the other!

  9. Beautiful captures! I’m so happy for you – you must be over the moon at finding a bird you have been trying to photograph for so long. I’m sorry you are having tummy issues. I hope they find out what’s wrong. xo

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