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Old Nov 5, 2009, 5:38 AM   #1
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Default Just one Wren shot

Late autumn seems to be a very busy time for our local Wren populations - lots of song and call, lots of activity at old nest sites....
But they never seem to hold still! Until yesterday, I have never gotten a even slightly useable wren photo. I was out on the trail most of yesterday, clearing fallen trees and checking some beaver populations. Stopped for a few minutes for a quick rest & snack, when this Carolina Wren came by to check me out. I just had time for one quick shot, but I think it came out pretty well. What do you think?
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Old Nov 5, 2009, 12:43 PM   #2
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Hi mole,

I also think it came out very well, especially considering that it was taken at 250mm (you seem to be able to get the most out of this lens). These little guys are tough to catch, I usually shoot the smaller guys at significantly greater distances and 2-3x the FL, and still find them skittish and difficult since they never stop moving and seem to consider everything a threat to their well being.

Very well captured in a very typical wren (tail up) pose!

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Another great shot, Mole, congratulations-

As Scott mentioned you are getting a whole lot out of that new/old lens.

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That's about as good as it gets! Excellent.
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Old Nov 5, 2009, 1:42 PM   #5
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Really nice shot Mole!

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Old Nov 5, 2009, 4:18 PM   #6
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Nicely done!

These small birds are awfully hard to get near. They seem to have a distance gauge and if you breach the minimum distance they are "exit stage left".

I am assuming you took this with the Tamaron? If so you got very nice detail with it fully extended. I have found mine not at all disappointing at the full 250mm.

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Well done, good shot.


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Old Nov 6, 2009, 4:41 AM   #8
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thats an excellent one off shot
well done

our wrens (not really wrens but we call them wrens) are in breeding plumage at the moment, i will have to see if i can get a photo of one to share
they are skittish too, and i will likely need more than one photo attempt lol

have you tried imitating the call to arouse curiosity ?
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Old Nov 7, 2009, 9:58 AM   #9
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Scott - thanks! It really was just a lucky shot - I happened to be sitting still behind a thin screen of cedars (notice the greenish tint around his wing from the OOF cedar), and he happened by!

Gitoth - thanks so much - they sure are cute birds, and that was a very pretty setting...

GW - thanks!

Lou - Yes, this was with the Tamron 18-250 - my usual trail lens. It does do quite well at all lengths!

Rodney - thanks!

John - I would love to see some photos of your wrens.
Yes, I have used various calls to try to get birds closer - mostly when leading hikes. Have never thought to try it for photographing them - that's a great idea! (don't know why I never thought of it, but will deifinitely try it.)
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