Archive for May 18th, 2010



House Wren with Ambitions

On a scouting day for the World Series of Birding there is time for some digiscoping. This House Wren was attempting to lay claim to a nest box on the trail behind the Hawk Watch at Lighthouse State Park in Cape May, NJ. I watched for 30 minutes or more, as it was petty amusing to see the wren attempt to get those twigs through the small hole in the nest box. Eventually, however, a Tree Swallow preempted the box by the simple tactic of sitting in the hole, completely blocking it.

Canon SD1400IS Digital Elph behind the eyepiece of a Zeiss Diascope 65FL for an equivalent focal length of about 2000mm. Exif reads f3.5 @ 1/100th @ ISO 80. Programed auto. Computed f-stop, based on the camera/scope combination was f5.5.

In Lightroom, Recovery for the bright cheek patch, a bit of Fill Light and Blackpoint to the right, added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset. Cropped slightly form the right. I used a Local Editing Brush in Lightroom to further reduce the brightness of the cheek.

And here is a shot pulled back to see both birds at the box, this one at about 1000mm equivalent. The camera was at the same zoom setting, and I zoomed out using the scope zoom.

And here is a bit of video of the “trials of wren”. 🙂