29 Mar How to Photograph a Marsh Wren | March 2016
Hello Marsh Wren, Are You in There
Here’s how to photograph a Marsh Wren.
Taking a photo of a Marsh Wren is difficult because it’s a shy bird that lives in a challenging habitat.
But in Death Valley?
Death Valley is the epitome of nothing – except along the Salt Creek Trail. Notice the difference between the foreground and the background in the photo below.
While walking on the Salt Creek Trail, I saw a woman with a camera.
So I asked, “What have you seen?”
“There’s a Marsh Wren over there,” she said, pointing. “I heard its gurgling call but never saw it.”
I continued toward where she had pointed, pausing every few steps to check if I heard anything.
My wife, who was walking ahead of me, stopped. “I hear something.”
There was a bird call with a gurgling sound coming from the Pickle Weed.
So we waited. And we waited. And we waited.
After about 20 minutes, my wife walked over to look at the other side of the Pickle Weed.
She waved. “It’s here.”
I pointed my camera in that direction.
Suddenly the bird popped up.
Here’re the photos that I took.
Since I was using a Canon 7D Mark II with a frame rate of 10 frames/sec, these four clicks represent 0.4 sec.
Notice that only two (and a half) photos show the bird before it disappeared.
So here’s how to photograph a Marsh Wren:
1) Ask for help.
2) Be patient.
3) Be ready to act quickly.
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Death Valley National Park is so quiet that you can hear a bird fly. Learn more at: Death Valley National Park
Tip: Visit during Winter when temperatures are safe.
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Kirk StittPosted at 07:15h, 29 March
Great series of shots. You may find Marsh Wren at Whitewater Draw during your SE AZ trip.
Kathryn GracePosted at 00:52h, 31 March
Wow. Reading your story, I’m amazed that you got the shot at all. It’s lovely. Can’t help wondering if your hips or shoulders hurt while you stood still for 20 minutes! I know mine would have.
Eileen BrownellPosted at 16:23h, 07 April
That’s really something. Thanks for sharing.
Russell DunlopPosted at 22:16h, 08 April
This is the kind of dedication and patience that macrophotography requires. The harder the shot was to get, the more you value it, but it has to stand on it’s own with others. As always, nice shooting, Steve.