I have admired many of the great images I have seen on this “sub”forum and thought I’d share one of mine for the first time. Criticism/suggestions welcome. Three years ago I built some shelving with my (then) six-year-old son. We used the scraps to build a birdhouse that we mounted on the side of our cabin. Surprisingly, that very first year as well as the second year a male house wren (Troglodytes aedon) built a “dummy” nest in it. Male house wrens arrive in their breeding territory well before the females and build a number of nests. This may be to show prospective mates how fit they are or possibly to have alternate ready-made nests available should one fail for some reason. I asked the wrens but got no response. Anyway, this year a pair used the house “for real”. I took this shot about a week before they fledged their first brood. They are currently working on a second using the same site. The house is located just below the roof eave and remained in the shade throughout the day except for the few days when the sun was at its lowest summer angle. That’s when I got this shot. I set up my tripod about 20 feet away and waited for one of the parents to visit the nest (you can’t tell male a female wrens apart by plumage). By making a “pishing” sound as the bird was leaving the nest I was able to make it freeze long enough to be able to stop down the aperture more towards the lens’ sweet spot with a rather long shutter speed. LAB sharpened in PSCS and BTW, for you pixel peepers, yes I did replace the original drab background (the pea soup-green side of my cabin) with a mountain image from my files). I’m not really happy with this posted version but I seem to have problems with my posted versions looking quit a bit worse than the original JPEGS I see prior to posting. D70; Nikkor 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 D ED 135mm; f9, 1/13 sec; iso 200, matrix metering; RAW.