Rare bird spotted in Pagham Harbour

Trevor Guy's 'mega' find, a rare aquatic warbler in Pagham HarbourTrevor Guy's 'mega' find, a rare aquatic warbler in Pagham Harbour
Trevor Guy's 'mega' find, a rare aquatic warbler in Pagham Harbour

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Birdwatcher Trevor Guy has spotted a rare bird in Pagham Harbour.

Out hunting for a whinchat to photograph, Trevor was delighted to capture a rare aquatic warbler on camera.

He explained: “I was birdwatching around Pagham Harbour this week and trying to photograph a whinchat, when a bird suddenly appeared on the top of a bush just in front of me.

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“Initially, I thought it was the whinchat I had been searching for. It remained for about 30 seconds - just long enough to get a few photographs.

“It wasn’t until I got home and looked at the images on computer that I realised this was no ordinary bird, this was a mega!

“This was a rare aquatic warbler, not only rare in Sussex but also a national rarity.”

Mr Guy says there were only three records of the aquatic warbler in Britain last year and his sighting is the first on record in Sussex since 2011.

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“It is a rare breeding bird south of the Baltic and it winters in West Africa,” he added.

“It is normally very shy and retiring so this really was a lucky find.”

Visit paghambirder.blogspot.co.uk for more information.

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