Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Dusky Warbler: this photograph may not be used without permission.

Wintering in the Southeast Asia, North America, Alaska, and California; the Dusky Warbler some times winters even in Great Britain, this bird is a real migrant as it can be. Its nest is built on low bushes and lays five to six eggs at a time and in the case where we found this warbler, the reed bed of Nam Kham Nature Reserve which is very near Laos and Myanmar. The reed is thick, along with other grasses and one can’t even figure out how can this bird exist in the thickness of the reeds. It is a total mess of grass, roots, reeds, and not to mention all the animals around it as well.

It was an eager bird to come out but very shy at the same time. It took several attempts for the bird to come out to display its full body. It is eager alright but also fast to retreat into the thicket. At least for this warbler is was really a joy to watch its behavior. For myself, I am beginning to love and like the warblers as they are a pain on the ass to identify. Each warbler cannot be the same to each other though, obviously they look the same. There are special and unique marks displayed and one must have quick eyes to details or else there is always a chance to misidentify a warbler. Even the experts are having a hard time, we always refer and ask for help.

Nam Kham Nature Reserve, Chiang Rai, Thailand
February 12, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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