Rock Wrens are illusive subjects for me, they always seem to be so far away when I hear or spot them moving about on exposed rocks.
Rock Wren on a lichen covered rock – Nikon D500, f8, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Last month I was able to take my best photos of Rock Wrens so far since I moved to Utah but even those aren’t as close to the bird as I would have liked them to be. Rock Wrens are migratory and this time of the year I don’t expect to see many of them here in northern Utah although they do overwinter in southern Utah.
Male Rock Wrens can have a repertoire of 100 or more songs. Listening to them while I search for and photograph other birds is music to my ears. Have a listen to their song here.
Rock Wrens blend into their habitat so easily and more often than not I hear them well before I can locate them.
I hope that next year when the Rock Wrens migrate back to northern Utah that I will have opportunities to take close up, finely detailed photos of this species, until then I am going to use this photo as a placeholder in my photo galleries.
Life is good.
First morning without my smart phone… I learned that the alarm on the cheapo phone I am using doesn’t wake me up even with the volume on high. What a pain. I’ve set up my older smart phone (that wont’ connect to the Verizon network) just for the alarm, at least I know that will work.