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Cactus Wren - Nest Building

Cactus Wren - Nest Building
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Copyright: CJ Vincent (C_J) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 125] (459)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon Macro Lens EF 180 mm 1:3.5 L USM, HOYA 72mm UV
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-17 18:29
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CJ's Desert Dwellers: Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Family: Troglodytidae (Wrens)

Size: 18-22cm (7.8.75in)

Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus is the state bird of Arizona

Distinguished from other wrens by its larger size and heavy spotting. In adults, the spotting gathers into a large cluster on the upper breast.

It's range is the southwestern US into central Mexico.

This wren is quite used to me and operates with impunity. It was busy gathering the feathers of a Gambel's Quail that had been killed in the early morning by the hawk.

They make their nests in cactus, (wow, shocked?) This Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus is nesting in a Cane Cholla Opuntia spinosior. The yellow areas are acually the seed pods, formed after the cholla flowers. The purple in the flesh is due to stress from cold.

They are very vocal, with a raspy nte that increase in rapidity.

I was actually out for more butterfly shots, but this wren was all around me, so I just 'clicked' a few.

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Fine shot, and catching the feather in it's beak is a bonus. I wouldn't change a thing on this one.

Well it knew it wanted its picture taken. It is a wonderful shot; Color, focus, composition, and action of the added feather, and being in its namesake habitat makes this a perfect photo.


Evelynn : )

Well done C_J. Excellent detail and colors. Good eye bokeh. No complaints from here.


Lovely details you show here. Love the feather in the beak. Good POV, nice catchlight in the eye. TFS.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-11-18 0:02]

Lovely management of DOF against the camouflage,
Great shot :)

Hello CJ, your pic is sharp and clear, the eye is amazing but the colors of the bird are so similar to the BG.
A faster shot would blurred the BG and stand out the bird.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-11-18 4:25]

Bonjour Vincent!

SUPERBE prise,l'oiseau est très jolie et le focus est parfaitement réalisé.Félicitations pour l'exposition et les belles couleurs.


Nice picture and good colours, good sharpness!!

these birds just plend in,
incrediable shot.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-18 10:02]

A Beauty shot from the bird , good camouflage , beauty colours details light pov compositie ,good job ,Good Weekend Teunie .

excellent action shot Vincent,

ecellent sharpness and details of the image



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