Marsh Wren at Farmington BayMarsh Wren at Farmington Bay – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Although there is speculation that one day Marsh Wrens might be split into Eastern and Western species for this post the word split is only about a pose I see Marsh Wrens in quite often. The problem is I don’t have many images of Marsh Wrens doing the splits because they move so fast that by the time I see this pose they have flown off before I can focus on them and because when I can focus on them there is usually something obstructing a clear view of the wren.

In the image above it would have been great to have a clear view of both of the wren’s feet but I had a bent over cattail stalk in the way. Still I like the graphic lines in the image, the warm golden light, the eye contact with my subject and the relatively uncluttered background.

Marsh Wren SplitsMarsh Wren Splits – Nikon D500, f9, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Two days later and in the same location I photographed another Marsh Wren doing the splits and this time both feet can easily be seen, I have great eye contact and light but the background is a bit on the messy side.

Maybe one day I will find a Marsh Wren doing the splits where everything in the background, foreground and view of the bird is perfect but nature is what it is and I am happy with these two images.

Life is good.



  1. Jane Chesebrough November 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I envy them their flexibility.Good captures.

  2. Elephant's Child November 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Tiny athletes.
    And I really enjoyed both images. Thank you.

  3. M. Bruce November 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Chasing birds through the rushes can be an extreme challenge but you definitely succeed here.

  4. Utahbooklover November 14, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I agree that the first image is cleaner but the second one gives us a better view of it.

  5. Bob McPherson November 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Beautiful images, Mia. Cant always have everything, But we can appreciate everything we have.

  6. Kim November 14, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Love these!

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