Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

February 25, 2009

Birds in Habitat

Filed under: behavior, Birds, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, composition, favorite places, style — richditch @ 4:24 pm
Cactus Wren at nest

Cactus Wren at nest

As I’ve been writing here, and elsewhere for a long time, I really like to see my subjects in appropriate habitat. To me it makes the birds a lot more interesting to see where and how they live their lives than to just look at how pretty their feathers and colors are.

What more appropriate setting for a Cactus Wren than a cactus? The image above shows the Arizona state bird in a cactus at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, AZ. It has just left the nest. This image shows why the bird has the name it does. It also gives the viewer a better appreciation of how skilled it must be to negotiate the cactus spines on every visit, and how effective this nesting location must be to protect it from potential nest predators.

Cactus Wren on cactus

Cactus Wren on cactus

This second image also shows a Cactus Wren on a cactus: this time a rare “crested” Saguaro at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ. In this image I’ve shown the wren as a much smaller part of the composition than in the first image because I am as interested in showing the shape, colors, and texture of the cactus as I am of the bird. I enjoy the way the colors of the wren are a close match to those of the cactus.

Also note that in both images the wren is visible and not hidden by a mess of twigs or lost in the composition. Never confuse or excuse clutter with habitat.

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