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PIC OF THE WEEK: 04/01/13 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2013 PICS

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Winter Wren

(Troglodytes hiemalis)

Where: Mechanicsville, VA • Chickahominy River

Notes: It was a real treat to have spent several early-morning hours sitting along the banks of the Chickahominy River's headwaters to observe a nesting pair of Bald Eagles' behavior. While waiting, we were well entertained with plenty of other activity. The more the sun arched higher in the sky, the more lively the local wildlife became. Several times, pairs of Wood Ducks flew past us and a single Red-shouldered Hawk called as it circled overhead. Two Canada Geese squabbled over the territory each had claimed and a pair of Hooded Mergansers drifted in the slow current just upstream. Suddenly a ripple parted the water's smooth surface to reveal a beaver slowly paddling past. On the far bank, a Mink hopped along a fallen tree. The multitude of dead standing trees in the surrounding swamp provided ample habitat for several species of Woodpeckers including: Pileated, Red-bellied and Red-headed. As the morning progressed, the smaller songbirds became more and more active as well. This Winter Wren was searching along the bank, foraging its way downstream towards our position. Suddenly it landed on a rock so close I was sure the camera's auto focus would fail, because of its minimum focus distance of eleven and a half feet. I swung the lens into position anyway and half-triggered the shutter release to activate the auto-focus, I was pleasantly surprised when this little Wren came into focus so close. I got off only three shots before it continued in its seemingly continuous, motionless search. Very soon this bird will be migrating north to its breeding grounds in the northeastern United States and and eastern Canada.

Small Bird Photo 1

Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-1010

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/320 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiFocus • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 800 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~12 Feet • Date Shot: 03-30-12

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