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  • Writer's pictureFaruk Kara

Hunting Wren with Two Insects

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

During June and half of July from dawn to dusk we could hear the continuous chirp of our resident wren. He had a brood in the nextdoor garden and was spending every moment of the day hunting for insects to keep them satisfied.


Whenever I went into the garden, he was there working. He was a diligent and hard worker, and could be seen and heard working his territory constantly. And then I went away for a few days in July and when I returned he was gone. I'm sure he is lurking somewhere, but he is no longer visible. Certainly not in the dominate way he had been.


I photographed him across a number of weeks. He would flit around and was completely impossible to follow with a telephoto lens until he stopped for a rest. Fortunately, while resting, he would continue to let anyone, any other creature, that it was his territory and he was about. It was in these moments I would track him down for photography.


After many photos, I was finally rewarded with these of him resting whilst hunting. Our hunting wren had two insects. In his beak was a spider and a greenbug, possibly a shieldbug. If you do know what it is please let me know. Our hunting wren had two insects. And all the while, he was still belting out his territorial chirp.


Small wren bird sat in tree viewed in profile, feathers ruffled
Wren in Profile
Small wren bird sat in tree with beak buried in its plummage preening
Wren Preening
Small wren bird sat in tree with a spider and greenbug in beak. The charactertic cocked tail is visible
Wren with Spider and Green Bug I
Small wren bird sat in tree with a spider and greenbug in beak. The wren is seen head on
Wren with Spider and Green Bug II
Small wren bird sat in tree with a spider and greenbug in beak. The insects are clearly visible and catching the light
Wren with Spider and Green Bug III
Small wren bird sat in tree with a spider and greenbug in beak. The wren is head on and the two insects are clearly visible.
Wren with Spider and Green Bug IV
Small wren bird sat in tree with a spider and greenbug in beak. The wren's head is turned to one side and the two insects are clearly visible.
Wren with Spider and Green Bug VI













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