This Long-billed Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) produced a rattling churrr that carried a surprising distance. With each call, other wrens in nearby stretches of march responded with equally vigorous sounds. The birds appeared to be having a discussion in an alien, but melodic voice.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/500 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 100

Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Ladner, BC
28 Apr 2010

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture!! And don’t they have a gorgeous song? It’s one of my favorites!!

  • Thank you much, Blair. Indeed, I really enjoy the sounds of the Marsh Wren. I can not wait to go back for more.

    – Wolf Read

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you much, Scott d’ Almeida.

    – Wolf Read

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartalmost 5 years ago

    Perfect timing and wonderfully composed lovely Marsh Wren singing away in its natural environment! : )

  • Thank you very much, Sandy Stewart.

    – Wolf Read

  • zumi
    zumialmost 5 years ago

    GREAT capture with nice details!

  • Thank you much, zumi.

    – Wolf Read

  • Maria  Gonzalez
    Maria Gonzalezalmost 5 years ago

    la-la-la-la-la cuuuute!

  • Thank you much, Maria Gonzalez.

    – Wolf Read

  • redladyart
    redladyartalmost 5 years ago

    I love the limited color palette and the blurred background making the bird really stand out! Great capture. :)

  • Thank you much, Sharon.

    – Wolf Read

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 5 years ago

    Instant FAV. What a beauty … detail is awesome. Barb

  • Thank you much, Barbara. Indeed, the bird came out crisp.

    – Wolf Read

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture – - – these little guys are quick!!!!

  • Thank you much, lorilee. Yes, often the wrens will flit off into the dense reeds, but this one was a bit more brave.

    – Wolf Read

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous shot, Raven

  • Thank you much, Michael.

    – Wolf Read

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    wow great shooting.. I can almost hear this sassy bird!

  • Thank you much, linaji. I really enjoy these vociferous little avians.

    – Wolf Read

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