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Blowing in the Breeze

Blowing in the Breeze
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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: 2007-02-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-05 11:53
Viewed: 2405
Points: 6
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Cactus Wren

The Cactus Wren lives in the arid and semi-arid deserts of southwestern United States and the chaparral of southern California and northern Mexico.

At 7-9 inches (18-22 cm) long, the Cactus Wren is the largest wren in the United States. Both sexes look alike. Both are brown and have a white stripe running over each

eye. Their throats are white, and their beaks are dark, long and slightly curved. White and black streaks cover their backs. Their belly and sides are white to buff with dense spotting on the breast. The short and rounded wings have black and white banding. Legs and feet are tan colored.

They are very active and curious birds. They quickly investigate anything new in their territory.

The Cactus Wren mainly eats insects like ants, beetles, grasshoppers, wasps, fruits, seeds, and and sometimes a treefrog or lizard. It will sometimes eat seeds and fruit. It has adapted to its hot habitat by shifting its foraging behavior according to the temperature. It begins to forage on the ground, and in the branches of shrubs in the late morning. As the temperature rises it will shift its foraging to shady, cooler areas. They stop foraging during the hot afternoon and rest in a shady area. They get almost all of their water from the food they eat.

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Never seen a cactus wren thanks for sharing it interesting looking plummage well composed shot nice blue sky background rgds Necip

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-06 3:50]

Hello Jane,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,BG,pose of bird and composition a lot.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-06 4:42]

Hi Jane,
The Cactus Wren seems to be a great subject.
He seems to be giving you the wink here!
Nice comp against a blue sky and pretty good sharpness.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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