The marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris) can best be described as pugnacious. They are very common in the northwest but yet, tough to photograph because they are very busy – unless and until they find a reed in a marsh where they call home and then they will sit and sing – for up to 20 minutes at a time – all day – and even all night.
Male marsh wrens are always singing because they are always happy – they get to mate with multiple females – and will sometimes build several nests in a breeding territory – visiting each – breeding with the females, and then moving on.
They may be small, but they are VERY loud. They are also fierce and even sometimes ruthless. Male marsh wrens have been known to kill the nestlings of other birds.
I found this little guy in a marsh near the Hood Canal in western, Washington state. The light was terrible and the conditions didn’t favor photography, but I could hear him and had to find him. I am happy with the picture I made of him and even happier to introduce you to – the marsh wren.
Scott Bourne is an Olympus Visionary, a professional bird/wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He is a pioneer in digital photography and was named one of the “30 most influential photographers on the Web” by Huffington Post. His photographic experience spans four decades and his bird/wildlife images have been published in more than 200 magazines and periodicals. He is also a Signed Master at Studio of Masters in China.
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