Another very early start (4.15 out the door) got me to Norfolk by just after 6.30. There was already a couple of cars parked up in the lay by. The weather was set fair and I just hoped the bird hadn't done an offsie overnight!
The walk was about 20 minutes to the dunes and I was met by 2 other lads lads coming in the other direction. They'd been down since 5.30 and the bird was showing well. As soon as I got off the board walk I spotted another birder sitting in the dunes pointing a camera at a bush. A loud burst of scratch song, reminiscent of a whitethroat, told me I'd got the bird straight away.
Over the next 90 minutes, in the company of Rob Wilson and another birder from Yorkshire we followed the bird as it moved from bush to bush, feeding and singing happily. most of the time it was sitting up on brambles singing its heart out in a desperate attempt to find a mate. You wonder how long it can keep going till it realises there are no lady spectacled warblers around!
Sorry for the large number of photos but with a bird as stunning and rare as this and being so confiding it's a shame not to show what a cracking little gem it was. I'll leave you with another extended video of it calling away.