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Warbler, Cinnamon-breasted

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Johan van Rensburg
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Warbler, Cinnamon-breasted

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:31 am

One of the Western Cape specials, endemic to Namibia and South Africa, it has not given me much photographic opportunity during previous sightings. Preferring sparsely vegetated rocky outcrops, boulder-strewn slopes and mountainsides, the quiet and mysterious Cinnamon-breasted Warbler (Euryptila subcinnamomea) is peculiar enough to have been accorded its own genus. Its behaviour resembles that of a diminutive rockjumper, bounding about sun-baked boulders and calling fervently before inexplicably disappearing for long periods. This time, however, I got treated to a serenading pair!

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We were on a mission to get the Karoo Eremomela at Eierkop. BB needed this warbler for his life list and I stopped along the R355 at a picnic spot next to a rocky outcrop that has a near vertical face on the southern side and a steep slope on the northern side, a place known to have a few of these birds. We worked the cliff side first, finding rock martins and a mountain wheatear. Walking around the outcrop base the easier sloped sunny side quickly revealed our prize!
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Re: Warbler, Cinnamon-breasted

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:40 am

Very, very nice!!!

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Re: Warbler, Cinnamon-breasted

Unread post by hilda » Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:49 pm

Simply awesome Johan! He is singing his little heart out! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Warbler, Cinnamon-breasted

Unread post by Ladybirder » Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:13 pm

Wonderful Johan, Stunning picture.Still on my wish list. :clap: :clap: :mrgreen:


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