Rather pallid, with much pale toned areas on the underparts. Upperparts rather sandy brown and unremarkable. Note here the rather long primary projection, typical of the species...
Note the the very heavy bill here, darkish lores and well marked fore supercilium. The legs and feet are heavy also, a really thickset, chunky warbler this..
This particular bird showed very well for a few minutes and allowed us to get many digiscoped shots..
The bird reacting here to an incoming Red Backed Shrike, showing the striking orange gape..
The bird remained very wary of the Shrike, despite its large size. This was wise as the shrikes in the area were hunting tired migrant passerines, though Great Reed Warbler was surely to big to be on the menu.
A nice view here on the bare parts, head detail and underparts.
One last shot of the bird...
Digiscoped shots of a Great Reed Warbler here from Batumi Harbour. Small numbers were present, perhaps four or five were seen in the area, though it was this bird early in the day that gave us the best views and allowed several digiscoped shots to be taken as it sat out in the open. These are by far my best images of this huge warbler species to date. I also managed a short video of the bird which is posted below..