Initially had this down as a Reed Warbler, but doubts beginning to creep in, overall appearance, posture and leg colour seem un R/W to me. Probably wrong , but best to check.
I think I'm with you in that it just doesn't look quite right for a Reed Warbler. Maybe the wings are little too dark (or not pale fringed). Never seen a Marsh Warbler, so perhaps not the best to judge that ... but I don't see why not at the moment.
Flickr suggestions are all Willow Warbler at the moment, but hasn't got the colouration for that, also down in the reeds, not where I'd expect to normally find a W/W, plus where's the yellow supercillium?
Hi - and sorry if, as an inexperienced birder, this is a silly suggestion - but is it possible the subject in the photo is a Garden Warbler? I've never actually seen one myself but I was perusing the RSPB Handbook and thought the nondescript Garden Warbler illustration bears some resemblance.
Thanks Michael, I looked at Garden and marsh in my book, and leaned toward Marsh, but until we get a definitive answer from an expert, we'll just have to leave it up in the air.
I’m by no means an expert on Warblers, Terry, so I can only add what I’m seeing in the ‘Wild Guides Britain’s Birds’ book (quoted from page 409).
For me the wing pattern looks good for Marsh Warbler.
Tertials: Sharply edged; just longer than secondaries.
Wingtip: Long; 8 obvious pale tips (wear off in summer).
Just my opinion from the photos. :-)
Sorry, but got to disagree with Paul. Willow warbler.
Face wrong and bill too short for reed and marsh.
I'll just have to leave this as an undecided (for me) colour habitat, and lack of supercillium rule out W/W imho, thanks for all the input anyway guys.