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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/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-07 11:20
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Hello All, Can I just says thanks to everyone who took time to view and comment on my last posts, its much apprieciated.

This is my first Wren shot, I managed to get a few shots of the Wren displaying, on one of the them the wings were good but the face was all out of focus, I posted it to a Workshop so you can see the display.

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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Necipp, nglen, jconceicao, pekkavalo1, gracious, Luis52, CeltickRanger, Argus, uleko, Alex99, Ena, cobbydale, Amadeo, hester has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-07 11:26]

Hi Hilary. I have yet to get a picture of a wren there are so small and fast so well done to have got this one. You have captured good detail and colour against the Deep blue sky. the markings on the wings show up well. TFS.

Now you have had one you will get lots more.

Hi Hilary,

Wonderful picture.Good shot, splendid capture.Lighting,composition and detail are excellent.

Hi Hil,

Nice capture from this bird, sharp and beutiful colors.

regars gert

Hello Hilary,

Very nice capture of tiny wren. Though quite common very difficult to catch in good position. Very good sharpness, pose. composition, colours.



Hello Hil,
We call it a "Winterkoning" in Dutch or "Kleine Jan" respectively translated as King of Winter (Winter wren) and
Little Jan.
Well done

Hello Hilary,
My congrat for this first Wren beautifully captured!
good pose with perfect exposure and focus in the shot
the beautiful blue sky makes it so outstanding and beautiful
well done
best regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-07 13:50]

Hi Hilary.
Nice to see Your photos. This one is a very good catch, this guys never stay still for a moment. Great work My friend.
Ps I like the blue sky too and the note is interesting.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-04-07 14:28]

Hi Hilary,

This bird is very hard to catch and and you've done a great job here, no branches in front of him. He's standing beautifully against this perfect blue skye!Well done!


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-07 18:15]

Bonsoir Hilary,

Excellente composition. Superbe oiseau et parfaite exposition.

hello Hilary

WOW what a great and lovely shot and composition,
fine POV and framing, i love the pose of the bird,
lovely luminosity of the image, i love that blue sky,
great sharpness and details and lovely catch-light at the eye, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-07 23:00]

Hello Hilary,
I think both these Wren shots are worth posting separately. I like this one for the composition on the branches, the pose, POV and sharpness and I like the WS for the shear artistry of the wings and the displaying posture that most of us on TN rarely see.
If I could give you more pts for these I would as both are a joy to see!
Into my favorites!
Thanks for sharing them,

Hello Hil
I think that a wren is the hardest bird to capture of all..I havent even got close to a shot...You have done superbly to capture this one..The details are sharp and fine..a lovely pose in a totally natural setting against a blue sky...It all very good in my opinion..I wish it was mine!!

Hello Hilary nice catch of a cute wren, good sharp detail and nice contrasty light, excellent exposure good blue sky background. Excellent note also. TFS rgds Necip

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-08 9:39]

Hello Hilary,
Clever of you to catch a little Wren, here they'r ever so shy. I think he's keeping an eye on you though and he's keeping his tail down! Great shot with sharp details and natural colours. I like the composition too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-08 10:23]

Hi Hilary.
What a cute pattern is created by twigs. Amazing scene and wonderful reflection of so fine bird. I like all components of the shot ¬ nice colours, excellent sharpness and impressive lights. Composition is great too. My best wishes and compliments.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-08 14:13]

We have posted the same bird! :-)
Razor-sharp shot of this tiny Wren!
Exceptional detail in the feathers and great clarity.
Nice light too.
Looks like you've borrowed Jane's BG too :-)
Well done Hilary!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-09 5:02]

Hello Hilary,
a nice catch of this wren. A excellent capture of this bird, sharp details and the colors look great.
A lovely composition with a wonderful neutral BG.

Hi. I really like the shot of this wren. The eye contact leads me into the photo where you have lots of detail for me. The blue background is very striking as well. My only suggestion is that some sharpening has left an wide artifact on the sky. While it isn't too bad large, it looks odd in thumbnail.

That said, I still really enjoy this image: good work!

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-04-09 6:05]

Hello Hilary,
Nice shot!
Lovely details!

This is a lovely shot Hilary. The wren is well captured, nice and sharp, and the framework of twigs around it is a really nice compositional touch.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-09 18:33]

Hello Hil

Great eye contact here.The wren is really giving you a look over.
I really like the way branch frames the wren.
Excellent sharp focus and details.
The colours are vibrant and well saturated.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-09 20:37]

Hi Hilary,
Wonderful shot of this cute little Wren with amazing clarity and details on its plumage. Lovely colours and the lighting is superb. The blue sky as BG enhances the beauty of the shot. Fabulous pose you have captured here with a fine DOF and a well chosen POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-10 13:12]

Hola Hil, bonita fotografia, el cielo como fondo me gusta. Un saludo desde Mallorca.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-11 12:34]

Hi Hil

These are such lovely birds. I love their shape. This is beautifully composed, nicely sharp and I love that backwards glance. Lovely shot.



Hi Hil.
Very curious composition from natural frame box, large sharpness and miraculous background. Super.

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