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Cactus Wren.

Cactus  Wren.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-02-12 18:18
Viewed: 4523
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) is the largest North American wren, and is 18-23 cm (7-9 inches) long.

Unlike the smaller wrens, the Cactus Wren is easily seen. It has the loud voice characteristic of wrens. The Cactus Wren is much less shy than most of the family. Its marked white eyestripe, brown head, barred wings and tail, and spotted tail feathers make it easy to identify. Like most birds in its genus, it has a slightly curved bill. There is little sexual dimorphism. The Cactus Wren primarily eats insects, including ants, beetles, grasshoppers, and wasps. Occasionally, it will take seeds and fruits. Foraging begins late in the morning and is versatile; the cactus wren will search under leaves and ground litter and overturn objects in search of insects, as well as feeding in the foliage and branches of larger vegetation. Increasing temperatures cause a shift in foraging behavior to shady and cooler microclimates, and activity slows during hot afternoon temperatures. Almost all water is obtained from food, and free standing water is rarely used even when found (Udvardy 1994; Ricklefs 1968; McCarthey 2000).

The Cactus Wren is native to the south-western United States southwards to central Mexico. It is a bird of arid regions, and is often found around yucca, mesquite or saguaro; it nests in cactus plants, sometimes in a hole in a saguaro, sometimes where its nest will be protected by the prickly cactus spines of a cholla or leaves of a yucca. It mainly eats insects, though it will occasionally take seeds or fruits. It rarely drinks water, getting its moisture from its food.

The Cactus Wren forms permanent pair bonds, and the pairs defend a territory where they live all through the year.


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To Adanac: Is he ok?Luis52 1 02-20 06:39
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hello Luis

lovely capture with the excelent POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and details with a wonderful background,
i love the pose of the bird, TFS


hi luis,
Wonderfull capture,good details and POV

Hello Luis.
Really like this shot, beautiful details in the plumage and wonderful colours, excellent detail in the eye as well, perfect background with the multi tone colour, excellent exposure, well done all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Luis -

This is a very nice portrait. The technical details of DOF, sharpness, exposure all look to spot on the money. I like the placement of the bird and the branch in the composition. Well done!

Thank you for sharing.


Hi Luis,

This is absolutely an outstanding shot!
Got everything perfect: excellent sharpness, great details, neat BG, well composed.

Ben Lakitan

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-12 21:42]

Hi Luis,

Verry good capture of the Cactus Wren. Photo has a good light and clear details of bird's plumage. Color look very natural. Composition with few elements guide the look to the bird.

Thanks for sharing,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-12 22:10]

Hola Luis,
Que lindo pajarito muy bien capturado
Composicion y detalles perfectos


Hi Luis,

This is another nice shot. The simple composition and the toning colors are very pleasing. Exposure and sharpness are excellent.

Evelynn : )

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-13 0:42]

Hi Luis,
I will be back with a proper critique.

Hi Luis

Superb potrait of this charachter-filled bird (I find wrens so interesting to look at!)! Excellent POV, natural colors and a lovely OOF, neutral BG.

TFS and Best

Hello Luis,

Wonderful shot of this beautiful Cctus wren friend with lovely composition, excellent details and DOV, sharpnes.


Hi Luis

Another great example of your local birdlife.
Beautiful species, well composed with great sharpness on a great background.


Great capture Luis,
I like it mf :)

Hi Luis,
Excellent capture, beautiful details and background..
Very well composed.

Oh no! I am broken and you are such a good photographer..Your work always excels and needs good things to say...I shall return...

Hola Luis,
Again a cute little bird in perfect focus and high plumage + coloration details. The OOF BG enhances the composition nicely. Thank you for this treat my friend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-13 8:00]

That is a big Wren!!!
Great image of it.
Looks sort of like a mini Roadrunner! :-)
Nice and natural colours with warm lighting.
Very good composition and POV.
Sharp and crisp.
Well done Luis!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-13 8:09]

Hi Luis.
Wonderful in every respect picture. Crisp sharp image of the beautiful bird and nice twigs are supplemented with terrific absolutely smooth and colourful BG amazingly. Bravo. Perfectly done.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-13 8:28]

Hi Luis,
This is a beautiful pic! Sharp capture of this great bird and in great pose, nice background & light,
best regards,

Hi Luis,
A great capture with perfect bird pose. The Bg and the light are also beautiful.



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-13 8:38]

Hi Luis,

My favorite daily visitor! Not only have you captured the beauty of this bird, you have captured his perky personality. Beautiful pose and lovely natural colors. Excellent details in his face, plummage, wings, and even his feet. Wonderful background and composition. Bravo!


Hi Luis,

Excellent shot
Superb POV, pose, sharpnes and details
lovely lighting and colors
Beautiful BG

TFS Thijs

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-13 11:05]

Hello Luis,
Excellent photo of this Cactus Wren. Maybe a bit more contrast is possible, but the detials are fantastic. Great natural colours with a beautiful BG. Excellent POV and pose.

Splendida immagine, eccellente nitidezza e bellissimi colori. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-13 14:06]

hi Luis,

I really like the pose of the wren on this image. Good natural colours, nice soft tones overall. Well done!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-13 14:13]

Hola Luis,
hermoso trabajo y sensacional captura,
plumaje y bg, espectacular,
saludos amigo.

Hi Luis,

Wonderful shot! Almost perfect in all aspects. And I agree with the workshop by Mircea - it enhances the composition. Very well done! Thank you,


Great picture with lots of details. Very good light and I really like the soft background. Very good composition. Great note too! thanks for sharing! Dan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-13 19:04]

Hello Luis

The POV and DOF are excellent.The OOF BG is beautiful with a lovely bokeh.
Wonderful sharp focus on this cute cactus wren.The plumage detail shows well.
Excellent colour and lighting.Lovely eye detail and catch light.


Hola Luis
Cactus Wren is very beautiful species, its portraite perfect. Wonderful composition with diagonal stick, eyes contact, sharp focus. Lighting, splendid colored BG. Gracias y saludos

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-02-13 20:00]

Olá Luis
Excellent shot, clarity is perfect, you can see every feather on the bird, good composition and natural colors as well.

Magnifique, superbes détails, très belles couleurs et BG qui met le tout en valeur.

Stil me Luis,
again a great shot of this very beautifull bird, In this shot I like especialy the splendid background,
a great cheer for this wonderfull composition,
bravo amigo

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-13 23:49]

Hi Luis

Excellent shot - great composition and spot-on focus. Good isolation from BG plus a really good BG colour.



Hello Luis,

Wonderful picture of this bird. Great composition. Sharpness is perfect. Very beautiful soft colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-14 1:03]

Hello Luis,
Beautiful capture of this Cactus Wren in a fine pose. I like the sharp focus on the eye and the fine details and colours. Nice soft background too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-14 1:24]

Hi Luis

An absolutely splendid shot of this Cactus Wren from you!
The eye-level POV you had here is really terrific and the uniform BG that you benefited of is just perfect! It really isolates the subject very well and brings it out even from the thumbnail.
The details on the bird are also fantastic and the colors are very beautiful, too.
Superb work overall!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-14 5:04]

Hola Sr. Luis,
Excellent sharp image of a Cactus Wren. I like the pose, POV and composition against the fine bokeh BG.
Once again a superb capture and thanks for sharing it,
Un abrazo fraternal,

What a serious little face this wren has. Great shot - alone on that simple twig with blurred background - great! :)

The one in my former critique was very beautiful but this one is even better, Luis.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-23 19:30]
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Hola Luis,
I wish I could come close to your amazing ability at capturing bird images nLuis. They are always outstanding my friend, thank you.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-24 0:44]

Hi Luis,
Excellent shot!
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done!

Thanks for your comments Luis !

This is an excellent shot of a Cactus Wren. Although I am way too far North to be able to photograph this kind of a wren, we do get some of wrens up here. They are one of my favorite birds and honestly, I cannot wait for spring when they'll come back.
You've captured this one really nicely. The pose, great background and excellent colors make it a beautiful picture. Great work !

Best Regards,


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