Moth Treasure Hunt for Her Baby Bird

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedAugust 21, 2019
TakenAugust 21, 2019
Exposure1/50 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length98.1 mm
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"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6: 21"

Mama Wren hunted for treasure
That spoke love without measure
Such as the heart of the Lord.......
More than words could she speak
To her young bird's in the gourd....
Carrying a moth to babe's beak.
┬ęPoetry by me AJP

This is what makes photographing so worth while to capture interactions of a Mama House Wren providing food for her young. in this case scenario she had caught a moth and almost dropped it which is why she turned her head to the side but it gave me the opportunity to see and capture the open beak of her baby behind her head..I had shot two pictures of this scene but the first one she was covering the open hole of the entrance until she almost dropped the moth... It was pure luck that I got this shot today and I consider it a treasure! The mother captured the moth to give her babies a treasure that she hunted for and I felt blessed that I captured this scene!

I was sitting outside in the lawn chair where I could get a sharper picture and was just a few feet away. (I had to move the chair a little closer to the gourd house as behind me there were hornets that were swarming around the nectar container and jelly dish by the feeder for the orioles and hummingbirds.) The hornets were starting to go after me:-) I got out of their way and eventually the wrens got used to my presence as I tried to be as inconspicuous as possible.

Best View in Light Box! Thank you!!!

7 responses

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (21 Aug 2019):

    a cool theme image!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (21 Aug 2019):

    Thank you for your comment Tiia...It made me happy that I had the opportunity to capture this shot of the mother house wren and her young one...Most likely they will be gone by September being that they are migratory birds...The other house wren families I think have already left as I haven't seen them around for awhile..

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (22 Aug 2019):

    I love that open mouth you captured so perfectly here! Not something we get the opportunity to see everyday. A beautiful and excellent capture.. perfect for the challenge!!

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (22 Aug 2019):

    A beauty !

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (22 Aug 2019):

    I agree with my daughter. Well done.

  • teresa B

    teresa B   gave props (22 Aug 2019):

    Very cool!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (25 Aug 2019):

    Thank you all for the comments...i am glad that I shot this when I did because I haven't seen
    the wren family ever since.and maybe the young ones have left the gourd and are being taught how to hunt before they leave on their migratory journey...

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