Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Creature Feature – Rock Wren

I recently photographed these Rock Wrens in Lake County, the high desert of Oregon. Although my stay was brief, it was nice to get out in a different environment for some non-local birding.

The Rock Wren is a Sparrow sized Wren that is a pale grey-brown with a finely streaked breast. The tail feathers have white and pale buff tips. Rock Wrens are partial to rocky slopes, and often times are found in canyons, on rock-strewn slops, cliffs, and dams in arid country. A neat and funny tip regarding these gorgeous little birds, is that often times they will leave a small trail of pebbles leading to their nest site;  kind of a good way to find them in this photographer’s opinion.

All images shot with a Canon 1D Mk IV and Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens. Post processing done with Photoshop CS 6.

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Click of the Week: “Chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee”

black-capped chickadeeSometimes you just have to get out in the rain and shoot what you can as a photographer. For example, I went out with the intention of photographing Ospreys, and ended up with cooperative Chickadees! Go figure! All you can do is roll with what you are given sometimes and take full advantage of the situation. I love these little guys (and girls) and all the great chirps and calls they make. The Chickadee has such a varied vocabulary when it comes to bird songs, it is quite entertaining to listen to as well as learn from.

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The above images were photographed with a Canon 1D Mark IV and Canon 500mm f/4 L IS and processed in Photoshop CS 6. As there was relatively low light, I was shooting at f/4, ISO 400-800 with shutter speeds ranging from 1/500 to 1/1000 sec.

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