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Tim Melling – Cobb’s Wren

Tim writes: Cobb’s Wren (Troglodytes cobbi) is endemic to the Falkland Islands, which means it occurs nowhere else on the planet.  And even within the Falkland Islands it only occurs on smaller offshore islands where rats have not been introduced.  On the larger islands introduced rats have driven them to extinction.  

I photographed this singing individual on Carcass Island, which received its macabre name from HMS Carcass, which surveyed the island in 1766.  The wren was named after Arthur Cobb who was a farmer and naturalist who wrote books on the wildlife of the Falkland Islands.  Cobb collected the first specimens of his eponymous wren in 1909.


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