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p.1 #1 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


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I set a bird house on a shelf on the back patio last with the intent to hang it. Well I didn't and the wife reminded me today to hang it. That's when I discovered that a pair of wrens are already building a nest in it and like it just fine where it is. The house is only a few feet from my back door so I was able to get really close up shots.

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Mar 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM
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p.1 #2 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


A nice set Mike, and you did get really close ~ Ron


Mar 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM
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p.1 #3 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


nice, wow you did manage to get close!



Mar 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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p.1 #4 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


A natural perch would have helped these a bunch, but at least you got close enough to see some good details in the wren. Appears you had some strong light behind the bird to contend with. Good results.


Mar 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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p.1 #5 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


Close you did get! Good start, hopefully he will give you a little more room next time so you can get them all in the frame. #1 is my pick

Randy



Mar 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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p.1 #6 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


Like I said, I sat the bird house on a plant shelf just outside the backdoor of my house. I intended to hang it but then forgot. When I went back to hang it there was already a pair of wrens building their nest in it. So I left it alone.

I went to the other side of the house to take pics with the light to my back but the wrens would not approach their house. But if I stand inside my house and lean out they will come and go without hesitation. The down side is that I have to contend with the back light issue.

Anyway, I love getting up close to critters so this was a fun experience.



Mar 25, 2013 at 12:02 AM
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p.1 #7 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


Will be fun to watch their progress
Hope you will keep us updated

Tom



Mar 25, 2013 at 12:13 AM
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p.1 #8 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


nice job on the little wren Mike


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p.1 #9 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


The wrens were packing that little house full of nesting materials all day. They disappeared in the house about an hour ago.

I've also go 36 nesting compartments full of Purple Martin pairs. And somewhere in the yard is a nest full of cotton tail rabbit babies. I see them running around the yard when I leave for work before dawn.



Mar 25, 2013 at 12:53 AM
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p.1 #10 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


Nice shots of this BEWICK'S Wren! They look very similar to Carolina Wrens, but there are some notable differences. The Carolinas tend to have a more reddish hue to their brown plumage. Additionally, Bewick's Wrens have longer tails than Carolinas. I've never seen a Bewick's before as they don't live here in Indiana, but I'd sure like to see one when I travel out west!

I really enjoy the sharpness and detailed you've captured in the images.

Ryan



Mar 25, 2013 at 01:37 AM
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p.1 #11 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


Great stuff Mike, you must have tip-toed up to this wee fella, well done.
David



Mar 25, 2013 at 07:15 PM
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p.1 #12 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


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Like I said, I sat the bird house on a plant shelf just outside the backdoor of my house. I intended to hang it but then forgot. When I went back to hang it there was already a pair of wrens building their nest in it. So I left it alone.

I went to the other side of the house to take pics with the light to my back but the wrens would not approach their house. But if I stand inside my house and lean out they will come and go without hesitation. The down side is that I
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Your getting closer and better. That's good. To deal with the backlight, just get something to put up some white material, like a white sheet, to block any direct sun - to soften it out. If you are in the house, that's very good. Put out some twigs held up by anything near the bird house to act as a natural perch. As others have said, you really want to get pictures without any manmade objects in the picture. Get a cheapo tripod and long extension cord. Put up an external flash to do some fill light at an angle. Set to HSS. The pictures will get more dimension to them. Best of luck.



Mar 25, 2013 at 08:24 PM
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p.1 #13 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


Thanks AC. Good tips. I'll see what I rig up. Or I'll wait until morning and get proper light from my back.

Now when you say "nothing man made", does this include the gnome?



Mar 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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p.1 #14 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


Excuse me, could I see more pix of the Gnome

Hmmm, seems I'll have to get me a Gnome so I can get Wren too

Just weave a few spent well seasoned branches through the feeder bars, they will land and come in to the feeder off those and will give you some good shooting opps before they get to the feeder.

You are doing very good, remember, the closer the subject is to you the less DOF you have, critical focus at the eye is important. Nice bird to have hanging around!
Karl



Mar 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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p.1 #15 · Carolina Wren...Up close and personal (8)


Karl,
Just fair warning, that gnome attracts a lot of wildlife. Some of it you may not welcome. See............








Mar 26, 2013 at 01:27 AM





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