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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: 2007-10-28
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-29 8:49
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Points: 42
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Cactus Wren

The Cactus Wren has been the state bird of Arizona since 1931; its presence and song are considered characteristic of southwestern deserts. The Cactus Wren is a permanent resident of arid and semi-arid desert regions of the southwestern United States, ranging from southern California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas, southward to central Mexico. This arid desert, dominated by cholla and other succulent cacti and spiny trees and shrubs, is characterized by high temperatures, low humidity, and scarce water.

T he largest North American Wren, the Cactus Wren is seven to eight inches long, has a long stripe of white feathers that look like eyebrows and a longer-than-usual tail which it does not normally cock up. Males and females are similar in size and markings and have long, pointed, slightly downcurved beaks and long legs. The Cactus Wren has a white belly with brown spots, and speckled brown, black, and white feathers on its back, wings, and head. It has black feathers on its throat and It has long legs and a long pointed beak. The wings and tail feathers are mostly black with white barring and the legs are dark. Juveniles resemble adults, but have fewer, lighter chest spots and a shorter tail.

The very active, curious Cactus Wren's unusual "chug-chug" call is one of the most conspicuous in the foothills. Even though they carry no melody or song-like quality, these territorial characters have a wide vocabulary using a "growl, scri, squal, buzz, tek, dzip, peep, buzz, and rack" to communicate. Quick to investigate any and all new items in their territory, you may find them making an in-depth inspection of your car, and if your car windows are down, checking out your car's interior. They enjoy harassing a pet cat or dog that enters their territory.

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Hello Jane
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect details,exposure and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hi Jane,
Nice Cactus Wren!
This bird has a very long neck!
Beautiful details on plumage. Lovely brown spots...


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-29 9:31]

Hello Jane,
Nice shot of a Cactus Wren in the shade. Good exposure, colors and composition showing this interesting bird from a fine POV.
Well done, thanks and have a good week,

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-10-29 10:21]

hi jane,
fantastic picture..the pic is also cool.


Hello Jane,
Good size on this posting with good clarity, colour and details on this cactus wren!
well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-29 10:49]

Hi Jane.
Very attractive shot of this cute bird and wonderful surroundings. Details of the image are perfect as well as the framing and composition. Well done and TFS.

A Cactus Wren which also likes shade..Nicely framed in the framework, which works. Say that three times fast.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-29 11:38]
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Hello Jane,
Poor bird suffering from the heat! He looks as if he is panting! I wonder what the temperature is with you now? Fine capture of this beautiful Cactus Wren with a contrasting background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-29 13:27]

Great shot Jane!!
+++ Superb POV and a good pose. The composition is very good.
Sharp and detailed. Great colours and lighting.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

Hi Jane, lovely bird with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-29 16:01]

selam friend; Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are lovely.
well done
TFS ridvan

hello jane,
nice capture, this bird looks quite interesting, well composed shot, lovely natural colours,
tfs & regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-29 23:51]

Hi Jane

Lovely shot - good exposure and lots of detail. Well done ;)


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-30 0:34]

Hi Jane,
Wonderful shot of this Cactus Wren with great details and patterns on its plumage. Superb lighting and I like the way it rests under that shaded place. Must be very hot out there and the bird presents a very concerned expression. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

How close do you get to these birds?
Again, a great capture of an interesting bird. You really got some good definition in the plumage.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-30 7:26]

Hello Jane
A lovely shot of this cactus wren.
The colours are very good,and the plumage shows very well.
The POV is very interesting,you must be able to get pretty close.
You have captured good eye contact,and the eye detail is excellent.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-30 13:47]

Hello Jane, great looking bird, well composed and good sharp eye. Thanks,


Hola Jane,
Bonita toma donde se muestran con gran nitidez los detalle de este bello pájaro, excelente nota, saludos
José Ramón

Birds that are not afraid of cats always impressed me Jane! They are like our Blues Jays :) This is a bird with character and this is funny :) This is a nice POV of an interesting bird with good details, a little noisy but nicely done anyway. Thanks,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-31 6:14]

Hello Jane
Nice capture.Very good details in the plumage.Colors are also very nice.
TFS Michel

Superbes détails et belles couleurs.

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