Tuesday, 3 November 2009

A Wren is Bagged

The Wren has been another bird that I`ve never been able to capture a decent image of. I see them all the time when I`m in the woods or on a quiet evening. However, all that changed yesterday.


Although it is among the more widespread species in the country, normally the wrens are very shy. They prefer living among the undergrowth, and frittering about amidst the bushes.


They do come out into the open, but normally it is a glimpse , not long enough for the auto focus seed of my camera and lens.

SONY DSC I have thus had many a close encounter with wrens, ending up being frustratingly close to a great shot but coming up a cropper!


Yesterday though, was a perfect day. The sun was shining like it never does in the UK, and as I was stalking a Whitethroat, I was drawn to a bird sitting on a broken tree trunk and singing away. It was a young wren. I went berserk and clicked away.


It flew away after a minute but ended up sitting in a bush even closer to me, where it resumed its singing. I clicked away yet again (ending up with more than 400 snaps).

SONY DSC I guess this bird is a juvenile, given away by the above display, in which it appears to be readying itself for receiving from its parent.


Wrens are normally solitary birds. However, during winter they are known to form roosting packs.

SONY DSC Another interesting thing about wrens is that the male builds several nests. The female then chooses one amongst them and then prepares it for her eggs.

SONY DSC The wrens have an amazingly loud song and you are more likely to hear a wren before you see it. If not the musical song, its the constant “chit chit” call from among the bushes.


Anyway, I'm glad to finally have a wren among my photo collection. I wonder which difficult bird is going to model itself next.

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