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Carolina Wrens (Thryothorus ludovicianus) are one of the birds that I hear a lot more often than I see. Most of the time these little birds are flitting about in the vegetation and leaf litter near the ground and and I am lucky to get a glimpse of one of them.

On Thursday at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a handsome Carolina Wren hopped up on a branch right in front of me and perched for a moment. I was thrilled to capture this little portrait of the wren that shows the beautiful markings on its wings and its distinctive white eye stripe.

Carolina Wren

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This female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) was backlit on Monday at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, so I had to overexpose the image, which made the cloudy sky turn almost pure white. I really like the effect, which is reminiscent of a high-key portrait taken in a studio setting. One of my Facebook friends commented that the shot looked to him “like an old time copper image.”

My initial thought was to crop the image in a landscape format, as in the second image below, because I liked the graceful curve of the main branch. Upon further reflection, I decided that maybe there was literally too much white space in the image and opted for the square format in the first shot below, which gives a bit more attention to the main subject. What do you think? Do you have a preference for one version over the other?

red-winged blackbird

red-winged blackbird

 

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