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Tropical Mockingbirds

Tropical Mockingbirds
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/6.4, 1/1200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-29 20:04
Viewed: 4109
Points: 14
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From my last year holiday trip to Mexico

The Tropical Mockingbird, Mimus gilvus, is a resident breeding bird from southern Mexico south to northern Brazil, and in the Lesser Antilles and other Caribbean islands. The birds in Panama and Trinidad may have been introduced. The Northern Mockingbird is its closest living relative, but the endangered Socorro Mockingbird is also much closer to these two than previously believed (Hunt et al. 2001, Barber et al. 2004).

This mockingbird is common in most open habitats including human habitation. It builds a twig nest and the normal clutch is three greyish-green eggs. Incubation, by the female alone, is 13-15 days, with slightly longer again to fledging.

This bird aggressively defends its nest against other birds and animals, including large iguanas, dogs and mongooses.

Adults are 25cm long and weigh 54g. They are grey on the head and upper parts with yellow eyes, a white eye stripe and dark patch through the eye. The underparts are off-white and the wings are blackish with two white wing bars and white edges to the flight feathers. They have a long dark tail with white feather tips, a slim black bill with a slight downward curve, and long dark legs.

The sexes are alike, but immature birds are duller and browner. M. g. tobagensis, found only on Trinidad and Tobago, has darker grey upper parts and more extensive white on the wing coverts and tail than the mainland forms.

Tropical Mockingbirds forage on the ground or in vegetation or fly down from a perch to capture invertebrates. They mainly eat insects and some berries. These fearless birds will also take food off unattended plates or tables.

While foraging they will frequently spread their wings in a peculiar two-step motion, flashing the white wing linings, and then fold them again.

This bird has a varied and musical song, huskier than that of Northern Mockingbird, and may imitate the songs of neighbouring Tropical Mockingbirds, but rarely those of other birds. It will sometimes sing through the night.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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hello Mario

excellent shot of those tropical birds, with their plumage,
their catch-light at the eye and their pose they are like twins,
excellent POV & framing, excellent luminosity of the image,
and excellent sharpness & details, TFS


Mario - this is an interesting shot - it looks like the bird perched behind is actually standing on the other bird's back! :) Great work with focus, framing, exposure. Penny

What a nice couple. Another species i have never seen. the composition is good POV could be better, but it is still interesting to see those birds with he frozen eyes

Hello Mario,
At first sight I thought: very strange mating expressions:-). Funny.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-01 5:58]

Hi Mario
this is a exellent and beutifull composition
very good sharp and detail
well done.

Bonjour Mario, exceptionnal occasion! Pretty sharp image. A flash would have help to show details of the tails and wings but it's very good anyway. Personnaly, I would have left more sky on the left side while cropping to place the birds in the right third. Congratulations!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-01 10:39]

Hola Mario.
No just one, but two. Grat image, excellent sharpness, well focus and pose. I really like this birds. Have You ever hear them singing?
We call them "Cenzontle" In Nahuatl(Aztecs dialect) means "The bird of 400 voices"
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