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Old Thursday 31st January 2008, 10:48   #1
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Possible Sedge Warbler

This bird was the size of a wren, but slimmer. I took this shot on the Algarve coastline over the Christmas holidays 2007/8. The aquatic warbler is another candidate but I can't get any further.
Any help would be welcome.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2008, 10:58   #2
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It looks like a fan-tailed warbler (or zitting cisticola) to me, though I've no experience of them so could well be wrong.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2008, 10:59   #3
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It looks like a fan-tailed warbler (or zitting cisticola) to me, though I've no experience of them so could well be wrong.
I agree.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2008, 11:06   #4
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Certainly is (a Fan-tailed Warbler that is, not a Sedge/Aquatic)
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Old Thursday 31st January 2008, 11:08   #5
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Not a bird I'm familiar with but I'm going to stick my neck out and say it's definitely not a Sedge Warbler. How about Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis (used to be known as Fan-tailed Warbler).

Hey I was right. It so long to type the name, I let others beat me to it.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2008, 13:12   #6
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A Zitting Cisticola seems okay to me.
Thanks for the ID.
It's rare to see a bird within arms reach.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2008, 14:31   #7
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Hi Trevor
Where abouts on the Algarve did you see it?.
I am going to Albufeira in two weeks time and would like to look and see if it`s still around.
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Albufeira is exactly where we stayed
Quinta do Lago is the place.
Continue past roundabout 6 (called number 6) and park in the sun protected car park. It was free parking but I think they may be charging soon.
The Zitting Cistocola was in the succulents at the golf course edge, just where the golf course turns away from the shoreline. There is a lake here. It is easy to miss. Turn along the golfcourse edge to find it. There are purple gallinules in the lake, and it has a hide nearby.
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One more pro-Zitting Cisticola point: the fact that the bird was seen over the Christmas holidays would make Sedge and Aquatic Warblers extremely unlikely, as both are long-distance migrants and, as such, they should be well down in Africa around now.
Plumage and structure rules those two out also.
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Albufeira is exactly where we stayed
Quinta do Lago is the place.
Continue past roundabout 6 (called number 6) and park in the sun protected car park. It was free parking but I think they may be charging soon.
The Zitting Cistocola was in the succulents at the golf course edge, just where the golf course turns away from the shoreline. There is a lake here. It is easy to miss. Turn along the golfcourse edge to find it. There are purple gallinules in the lake, and it has a hide nearby.
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Stranger, you've probably got the gen you need, however I visited Quinta do Lago during a trip to Portugal back in '01, with notes in my trip report, if it helps at all! http://www.birdtours.co.uk/triprepor...rtugal2001.htm

Nice site when I visited it, and great views of Purple Swamp-hen.

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Stranger, you've probably got the gen you need, however I visited Quinta do Lago during a trip to Portugal back in '01, with notes in my trip report, if it helps at all! http://www.birdtours.co.uk/triprepor...rtugal2001.htm

Nice site when I visited it, and great views of Purple Swamp-hen.

Cheers, BT
Thanks.
I know Quinta de Lagos quite well from previous trips and have spent many a happy day by the lake that Trevor mentions.
I was lucky enough to see a Bluethroat ,Purple Gallinule (Swamp Hen) and Red Crested Pochard there last Feb.
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From what i remember of southern Spain, Fan-tailed warblers were pretty common, so you shouldn't struggle to see them, although i don't know whether they'll be singing at this time of year.
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They were singing (if that can be called a song!) two days ago in Mallorca. I'm sure they can be doing the same in Portugal.
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