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Displaying Wren

Displaying Wren
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-10 13:27
Viewed: 3283
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Another shot of the Wren, this time it was displaying for a Lady who was sitting in a bush beside me, she seemed to be singing back so I'm sure she was suitably impressed by all his endeavours.

Thanks for looking

The Wren

Latin name

Troglodytes troglodytes


Wrens (Troglodytidae)


A small brown bird with a white bar above the eye and some white flashes on the wings , the wren is tiny bird with only the Goldcrest being smaller in the UK, it is quite rounded with a long fine bill, with long legs and toes, it has very short wings and a narrow tail that it often displayed vertically
Size: 8-12 cm (3-5 in)
Wingspan: 12-16 cm (5-6 in)
Weight: 8-12 g (0.28-0.42 ounces)

Where to see them

Thay can be found all over the UK and have a wide range of habitats, woods, heaths moors, farmland, mostly found in deciduous woods and found least in upland areas, they are regular garden vistors too.

When to see them

All year round.


Insects and spiders which they search for along the ground or by probing crevices with their long thin beak, they sometimes will take seed from ground feeders.

Breeding & Nesting

A Male Wren will build several nests in walls, trees and banks, they are globe shaped and are constructed from moss, leaves and grass, when a female chooses a nest she will line it with feathers. The eggs are smooth, glossy and white with reddish spots, only the female incubates the eggs, both parents feed the young hatchlings.


Severe winters can devastate the Wren population, but due to high reproduction activity they recover quite well, the population is increasing now due to our milder winters.

Cool facts

Wrens will use open fronted nest boxes to nest and to roost, as many as 60 have been recorded roosting in one box.

The Wren has a very loud call for a small bird using a power to weight ratio the Wrens song is 10 x more powerful than a crowing Rooster.

It is actually called a Winter Wren, we just call it a Wren as it is the only member of the family that lives ouside the America’s which have a total of 78 species.

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Excellent shot of the wren Hil, captured in a good pose. The DOF is great, the sharpness of the bird and branch is outstanding.

Hi Hill,
Long time no talk :) What a wonderful and unusual capture of this rare and so agreeable bird. I have never seen a Wren doing this... Composition, POV and exposure are just right. The only thing missing IMHO is a little catch light but this is a detail. Well seen! Keep well,

Hi Hillary,
Beautiful capture of this pretty lady!
I like the lighting on the bird's head and the composition made with the trunk along the diagonal.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-04-10 18:54]

Hi Hilary,

Very unique to see the wren in this position!
Beautiful light on the subject and very surprise to see the size of his wingspan!
Well done!


Hi Hillary,

Nicely captured in a good pose in his natural habitat.
Beautiful colors and pov.
Sharpness are very well.
good note!
regards Gert

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-11 1:32]

Hi Hilary,
It's an unusual pose, I liked it a lot. Nice color tones, POV and details. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-11 3:13]

What a great shot of this cute little Wren doing all he can to get a lady :-)
I love watching the funny moves birds do at this time.
I have a pair of Dunnocks in my garden and one of them, them male I suppose, was chasing the female while constantly vibrating his wings and bobbing his head :-)
Great composition, POV, exposure and DOF.
Wow! I never knew how loud a Wren's voice was for it's size either!
Very well done Hil!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-11 4:36]

Hello Hil, Long note and interesting one. The pose is unusual and nicely captured. ganesh

hello Hilary

another lovely shot of the Wren, fine POV and framing,
excellent DOF, great sharpness and details,
you shooted the image at the good moment, TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-11 7:32]

Hello Hilary,
wonderful action that you captured, nice seeing this "Springtime" behavior so close up.
Very nice detail and great sharpness.

Hello Hilary it's nice that you caught 2 fine shots of a difficult bird, often just getting one is a challenge. Nice wing, and natural displaying pose, Obviously you were well hidden, good focus and detail tfs rgds Necip.

I love the capture of this very unique behavior...well done! Great natural setting - wonderfully clear. Just beautiful!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-11 18:49]

Hi Hilary,
Excellent shot and a fabulous moment captured. The display and the expression on its face eloquently illustrates its motive of impressing females. Very neat and sharp image with perfect lighting. I like this natural surrounding and your well chosen POV to portray it. Kudos.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-12 1:16]

Hi Hillary
This is very nice action
very good sharp
well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-13 10:26]

Hello Hil,
This is great! You caught this displaying wren sharply and with good timing. I like the POV and composition too.
Nice to view and thanks for sharing it,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-22 10:48]

Hello Hil

A wonderful view,you timed this well to get the bird's feathers showing like that.
Very good POV for this shot.
Lovely eye contact.


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