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Winter Wren
Winter Wren, Hernar, Øygarden, October 2009
 
Winter Wren
Winter Wren, Solberg, Øygarden, October 2009


Winter Wren
A young Winter Wren - so much easier to photgraph with a DSLR!



Winter Wren (or Eurasian Wren) is quite a widespread species and occurs in a variety of forms. One of these is the form nepalensis which is found in the central and eastern Himalayas. Whilst hiking up a steep slope in Bhutan I heard a very familiar call and said "that sounds just like Wren" - the bird then popped into view and it WAS a Wren. Due to my complete lack of planning and pre-trip research I had no idea they occurred there. It was a releif to be able to a name to at least some of the calls we were hearing.

nepalensis form of Eurasian Wren, Bhutan, November 2017


nepalensis form of Eurasian Wren, Bhutan, November 2017

nepalensis form of Eurasian Wren, Bhutan, November 2017

nepalensis form of Eurasian Wren, Bhutan, November 2017




Winter Wren are a common species where I live, but taking pictures of them using digiscoping equipment is far from easy. Wrens are continuously on the move and are hard to follow using a cumbersome telescope. The shutter lag on my digital camera is woefully long -  adding to the challenge of photographing this delightful species.
Of around 90 pictures taken these are a few of the salvageable ones.....

Winter Wren Winter Wren
Tjeldstø, 10 March 2006 Tjeldstø, 10 March 2006


Winter Wren Winter wren - a more typical photograph
More typical photograph ...and this happens ALL the time



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