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Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-24
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-26 10:17
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Cactus Wren

Arizona's State Bird

The cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) was named the Arizona state bird in 1931. Its name means curved beak. It is the largest wren in North America, measuring 7-9 inches long. They are commonly found in areas below 4,000 in elevation, and it is not uncommon to find them in populated areas.

The cactus wren is a skittish creature, so it is difficult to get too close. They are also very noisy, and when building their nest they will scream and 'bark' at anyone (including dogs on leashes) that may interfere with their project.

The male and female cactus wrens look alike. Chollas and saguaros are their favorite places to nest, and the cactus wrens produce three to six eggs per clutch.

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fantastic details Jane and the POV is good. A little bit noise?


Hello Jane,
Wonderful Cactus Wren picture. I like the way this Cactus Wren pose for you. Nice background that does not distract the main subject. Very well done and tfs.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-26 12:23]

Hi Jane, I really like the cactus wren, they ar so noise yet so beautiful, you got very close to this one, POV is great..congrats..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-26 13:22]

Hello Jane,
Fine shot of a Cactus Wren: pretty sharp with good lighting, pleasing light cloudy BG and compo. Even though it is common where you are there are many of us on TN that will never have the chance to see one in real life.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-26 14:59]

Hello Jane,
I remember that you posted this charming bird before and again this is an excellent close shot! The light is beautiful and details sharp. Nice colours too. I'd love to see this bird!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Jane you done a good job catching nice detail of the Wren nicely timed pose good background blur well composed tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Jave,
A lovely shot of the cactus wren. Good detail and colours, stands out well against blurred background.
WEll done!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-26 18:22]

Hi Jane

Nicely timed shot with good detail and colour.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-26 22:03]

Hi Jane,
Nice colors and details in this fine composition, great plummage details Jane.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-26 22:42]

Hello Jane

Very well composed shot of this cactus wren.Good detail in the plumage.Good eye contact.TFS


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-27 7:51]

Another wonderful shot from you Jane. I like the POV and the bird is nice and sharp showing his feather detail. Great light.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2007-05-20 14:49]

What a lovely capture! Nice pov and stance. You caught him beautifully.

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