隠れ家 seeking refuge

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62 thoughts on “隠れ家 seeking refuge

    • Hello Jolandi,
      So very happy to hear from you. I am glad you liked the green. This little guy seemed to enjoy it too. As you say, it does require some patience to get a shot of these great reed warblers. They are so well hidden among the leaves and branches. Fortunately this guy made his presence known by belting out a song for a few moments 🙂

  1. Your photos continue to soothe and bring me joy Takami. This is one of my favorites of yours – the little bird nestled in safety surrounded by young green leaves…I can almost hear its song from your picture.

    • Your comment is much appreciated Atreyee 🙂
      It’s such a challenging time for everyone right now, and watching our avian friends going about life “as usual” allows for a few moments of comfort…. At least that’s what I hope. I am glad you liked this great reed warbler. Despite his small size, he has quite a loud song 🙂

  2. Reed warbler! I appreciate the work involved in taking this photograph. These warblers are not exactly good and cooperative posers 🙂 Amazing! ❤

    • Thank you Inese! It is as you say, they are skittish and never listen when photographers ask them to pause even for a moment. I am glad this guy decided to humor me for a few seconds 🙂

  3. Hello Takami.

    The colors of this photo are amazing. Generally speaking, I am not fond of green(ess), but now I must say, I admire the colors of this fantastic beautiful photo. Thank you.

    Happy new week!

    • Thank you Mr. Matti.
      I am especially happy that you could still enjoy this photo, even if you are not naturally not fond of bright green. I am twice happy you spent some time with this small bird 🙂 Wish you and your family a good week too.

  4. Being tiny and brown can be an advantage for small birds in a big bird world, making it more difficult for them to be found and more difficult for us to photograph them 🙂 Aussie birders call these little brown birds LBJs (Little Brown Jobs), as from a distance when they move so fast and are so small we often can not work out what they are because they all look similar. Love the way you have framed this shot Takami, as it does show well the tiny bird protected in the large leafiness of the tree, that is a beautiful image for me depicting how the vulnerable find refuge with those who are less vulnerable, and where one feels a sense of peace and safety in their presence.

    • Hello Ashley,
      Thank you so much for your insightful and thoughtful comment! It is exactly as you say. And while many (even some bird lovers) may not be excited by their tiny size and comparatively subtle colours, like sparrows, I do believe warblers have such a refined beauty.

      I appreciate the insight on why Australian birders refer to them as LBJs – it’s wonderful to learn something new. In Japan too, warblers are (in)famous for confusing even veteran birders. Fortunately for me, on this day, this Great reed warbler “helped” me identify him with his raucous, hacking “song” 🙂

      As always, our best wishes to you and Mrs. H 🙂

      • Thanks Takami, I did think the bird looked like a Reed Warbler at a glance, thanks for clarifying it. We previously called ours the Clamorous Reed Warbler, for the very same reason, it is raucous and continuous in its call, warding off intruders, but only during Spring-Summer mating and breeding season. Ours was recently reclassified, as several of our Australian birds have, and is now the Australian Reed Warbler, but looks similar of course to your own.

    • Thank you, Mr Derrick. Great reed warblers can be quite raucous and this fellow was no exception.

      As you know, it’s so easy for people to just “take” photographs off the internet. So I do try and put a copyright on each image.

  5. That little bird reminds me of a wren here in the US…(Wrens have the most cheerful, melodic song) Just curious..did you hear this one singing and that’s how you spotted it? Take care from a fellow bird lover! 🙂 DM

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