Archive for May 6th, 2010



Carolina Wren

This wren was high in a tree at Vaill Point Park, one of St. Johns County, Florida’s little pocket reserves. We had an amazing morning there which included a Great Blue Heron rookery and a Barred Owl, besides this wren.

I don’t know what is going on with the wing feather. It appears to have exploded. Whatever it was, it was not bothering the wren much, as it was singing up a storm.

Digiscoped with the Canon SD1400IS on Programmed auto behind the eyepiece of the Zeiss Diascope 65FL. Equivalent focal length of the combination was just over 2000mm. Exif data shows f5 @ 1/80th @ ISO 200. Limiting f-stop based on the scope was f5.5.

In Lightroom, Recovery for the background highlights. A bit of Fill Light for the shadowed parts of the bird. Blackpoint just slightly right. Added Clarity and a smidge of Vibrance. Auto White Balance to tame the yellow from the Canon’s Auto WB in this light. Sharpen landscape preset.

From St. Augustine FL 2010.

And here, just to prove the singing part, is a bit of video.