Note the rounded tail here, the best view of the four photos of this features. The raised tail is typical of the species. Note the fairly plain underparts and light brown, rather uniform upper parts.
Here a great view of the long supercilium, which flares behind the eye. Above the supercilium, the sides of the crown are rather dark, accentuating the super, a classic feature of Paddyfield Warbler. The lords are light brown and there is a noticeable eyeing. There overall effect is of a very different facial appearance than that of the local Reed Warbler's. The bill is much shorter than in Reed Warbler, with a stout base and darker tip to both mandibles. Note also the short under tail coverts on the bird-
A key feature of Paddyfield Warbler is the short primary projection, here there is a clear view of that. Happily, from the point of view of identifying this bird, there were a number of photos of the bird which showed the key features. Note also the darker inner webs on the tertials and paler fringes.
This bird was something of a shock to the system. The numbers of Reed Warblers aroung the harbour at Batumi on October 2nd were staggering, the birds were simply everywhere. The birds were interesting nonetheless, due to the easten location and we wanted to get plenty of photos of the birds for later inspection. I took hundreds of pictures of Reed Warblers, with a view to analysing the shots at a later date. Based on the location we figured the bulk of the birds should be Caspian Reed Warbler, and a few interesting birds were noticed in the field that were very cold toned.
It was only on my return home to Sweden that I finally had time to apply myself to the Reed Warbler images, which were numerous and confusing, though as soon as the images of this bird came up on my monitor i knew I had missed a good bird. The identification from these shots was relatively straightforward in the end and the bird was a clear Paddyfield Warbler, a rarely recorded species in Georgia, though surely massively under recorded.