Marsh Wren

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A Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustris, gathers cattail material
for its nest along the shore of Lost Lake in North Central Washington
just 10 miles south of the Canadian Border.
Image: Jeff Larsen, Writer/Photographer [larger view].
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Jeff Larsen retired from his position as a photojournalist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to focus his creative energy on bird photography. He currently is working on a weekly travel piece about birds that will appear, along with his beautiful images, in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He is based in Union, Washington, near Hood Canal. He is currently building a password protected gallery for all of his work.
Jeff writes about this image;
I photographed this Marsh Wren in the wilds of the high Okanogan country in north Central Washington state about 10 miles south of the Canadian border from a Zodiac [boat]. I floated among the reeds along the shore of the small Lost Lake for almost two hours waiting for the tiny bird to fetch some cattail for its nearby nest.

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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Marsh Wren

  1. Moses says:

    Beautiful little thing. I love the bird pictures. I try to look every day.