The Grasshopper Warbler or 'Gropper' as they are known locally, tend to arrive on the scrub areas behind the local coast around the third week in April where they take up residence in local bramble bushes. Over the years I have good success with my photography of these birds, that many people have never seen or heard. It is funny business bird photography as you seem to have an affinity for certain species while others you can completely fail to capture a single image. A good example of this for me is the Dotterel that despite numerous attempts I have never managed to put before the camera.
Singing Gropper . There are a couple of things to note from this video. Firstly the bird as it sings rotates its head to broadcast the sound which can make locating the bird quite difficult as it creates a ventriloquist effect and the the song seems to be coming from everywhere. Secondly, to aid the broadcast the bird will often move up to the highest part of the bramble bush.
Photographing the birds, as long as you have got the timing right and managed to locate a bird by song, is fairly straight forward. As they are up and singing around the end of April if you hear a grasshopper like sound it is most likely to be one of these birds as it is too early in the year for the insects to be around to cause confusion.It requires a visit at first light and standing next to a bramble patch and before long you can almost guarantee that the bird will make its way to the highest perch to embark on a long bout of singing for several minutes before disappearing back into the vegetation. This process is repeated several times until the sun as got up a little. In this singing mode the Grasshopper Warblers seem fairly oblivious to your presence and there is no need for a hide (blind) but there is a need to keep still or they will quickly skulk back down into the tangle of thorns.