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Cactus Wren - Adult and Offspring

Cactus Wren - Adult and Offspring
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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: 2007-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon Lens EF 300 mm 1:4 L IS, hoya 77mm HMC UV[O]
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BIRDS OF AMERICA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-03 22:08
Viewed: 3337
Points: 16
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CJ's Desert Dwellers: Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Family: Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Size: 18-22cm (7-8.75in)
Wingspan: 25 cm ( 11 in)
Weight: 39 g ( 1.4 oz)
Voice:They are very vocal, with a raspy note that increase in rapidity. Their song is a low, unmusical krrr, krrr, krrr and a low hollow call kot given in series.They have a lot of low clicking/croaking noises. I'm often asked, "what's that?"

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. This is an adult and it's offspring. It was following the adult around to the various feeding stations and begging.

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

They make their nests in cactus. These Cactus Wrens Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus are perching 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.

Canon Extender EF 1.4x II also used in this shot
ISO 200
Focal Length: 420 mm

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Nice shot, good composition and relatively sharp. You might want to dodge the eyes to bring out more color and perhaps darken it a bit. (seems bright on my monitor)


Looks like the light was fairly harsh, but you have managed it well. I like the composition showing two of these guys. Nice POV and the clear blue BG compliments the shot. :-)

Nicve photo of this noisey bird Allot off detail on birds sharp like the natural compo pov good I wish we could get some of that sun

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-04 3:28]

Wow, CJ. What a fantastic capture.
Double trouble. They have a mischievous look to them.
Fantastic sharpness and light (maybe a bit bright on my screen).
Magnificently presented against the blue Arizona sky and on the typical cacti.
TFS. : )

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-03-04 6:46]

They deserve their names exactly. I like so large frames/presentations with well composed and taken photo.

Hello , very sharp and good contrasty photo , TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-04 9:17]

Hello CJ,
I like this composition very much and the point of view is brilliant. All nicely in focus and sharp details. Seems a little bright but otherwise excellent!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-05 3:13]

Buen trabajo amigo,
genial captura y extraordinarios detalles...
saludos CJ

hello Vincent

antother of your great shot with the wonderful colors of the birds
and i like very mush the backround sky color that put
in evidence the birds, excellent composition, TFS


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