Janey and I went to the BirdFair at Egleton on Sunday and had a good time looking at the paintings in the Art Marquee, meeting my friends David Miller, the best fish artist I know, and his wife Lisa, a fine animal artist. We also saw one of the BTO handlers ring, weigh and release this gorgeous little Sedge Warbler. This little bird often keeps me company when I'm painting by the river with its distinctive, quite harsh, warbling song, sung from the depths of the reed beds. It's an amazingingly tiny little bird, and will soon fly off to Africa, an extraordinary feat for such a small creature. I took this photo seconds before the handler released him back to the wild after his ordeal, being watched over by a group of onlookers!