National Geographic : 1948 Jun
788 The National Geographic Magazine No Welcome Mat! A House Wren's Door Bristles with Spines to Discourage Visitors To feed seven youngsters, the pair made an astonishing number of trips daily; yet the male still found time to sing. Other busy male wrens have been known to run two households at once. Here the speed flash lights up the wren's rounded wing and the foot's flight position (page 787). Cargo is a caterpillar. In Silent Appeal, Not Raucous Shout, These Blue Jay Babies "Open Wide" Footloose blue jays are the very synonym of noisy chatter; yet this family carried on so quietly that its presence in the spruce next to the door almost escaped the author. There is plenty of action but no sound in this high-speed shot, which "froze" the parent's wing action at the moment of landing.