Carolina Wren

December 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Carolina Wren is an infrequent visitor to Nova Scotia. I photographed this one in Queens County in 2010. I never loaded these photos to my website since my record copies were low resolution. I foolishly lost the originals when I changed web servers.

However, thanks to emerging technologies I was able to salvage these photos. This is a beautiful adult and yes the colours are authentic. The background is lost in the images thanks to the 840mm(Minolta 600mm F4 with 1.4X) I was photographing the bird with.

The story is amazing. The ground was snow covered, about a foot or so, and the wren was clearly over-wintering. It had a brilliant survival strategy. It burrowed a passage some three feet long into the fiberglass insulation under a porch roof. The facia board was missing, of course. It feasted on bugs crawling and flying in an open ended large wood shed with possibly enough goodies there to keep it fed all winter.

Needless to say I have lots of these old low resolution record images to search through. 

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