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Copyright: Everton De Melo (demeve) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-08 10:59
Viewed: 3377
Points: 22
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Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

Here is a very familiar face in my neighborhood, the Mockingbird. I was able to capture this one under some curious light and shadow. Thanks for looking..


The Northern Mockingbird breeds in southeastern Canada, the United States, northern Mexico, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and the Greater Antilles. It is replaced further south by its closest living relative, the Tropical Mockingbird (which I'll post tomorrow). The Socorro Mockingbird, an endangered species, is also closely related, contrary to previous opinion.

Although many species of bird imitate other birds, the Northern Mockingbird is the best known in North America for doing so. It imitates not only birds but also other animals and mechanical sounds such as car alarms. As convincing as these imitations may be to humans, they often fail to fool other birds, such as the Florida Scrub-Jay.

The Northern Mockingbird's mimicry is likely to serve as a tool for increasing the size of its repertoire and thus its ability to attract females. The mockingbird is limited to imitating short units of sound, which it repeats several times before moving on to a new sound. As a result, the mockingbird sounds much better (to a human ear) imitating some species than others. Species with repetitive songs, such as the Carolina Wren, are effectively copied, but species with long, complex songs, such as the Song Sparrow, cannot be effectively imitated by the mockingbird.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-08 11:37]

Hello Everton
Nice capture. I like details and natural colors. Well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-08 13:09]

Hi Everton. What a cute little bird this is one i have not seen before so thanks for posting . You have taken this Northern Mockingbird with fine detail and bright colours. Good use of the light. well done TFS.

Too cute of a bird, a square of exquisite clarity, hand on health, very very nice I like it.
Sağlıcakla kalın.

hello Everton

excellent photo of the Northern Mockingbird
with fine POV, DOF and framing, fine focus
on the bird with excellent sharpness and details,
i also love to see details of the blurred background,



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-08 22:27]

Hello Everton,
This is a beautiful capture with the bird sharply in focus against a fine background. Good focus on the eye and sharp details. Natural colours too and well composed.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Ciao Everton, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose with perfect focus, wonderful light and colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-06-09 5:24]

Nice capture Everton,
Love the lighting and good detail with very natural colors!! TFS.
These are very common in Nashville Tenn. where my daughter lives, but I can't say I've ever seen one around home here in Ohio.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-09 8:28]

Hello Everton,
Although the BG is a bit busy, this is a very beautiful and good photo. The light from the left is gorgeous. Great clarity. Excellent sharp details, POV and composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6527 W: 89 N: 15623] (65355)
  • [2009-06-09 12:13]

Hi Everton,what a nice capture.There is a magic light inside pic,excellent point of view and top quality of sharpness and colors,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Everton
excellent shot of this Nothern Mockingbird from your neighborwood
i like very much your play with light and shadow, great effekt
good focus on the bird and nice composition
Have a good night

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-09 22:11]

Hi Everton.
Great shot of the cute small bird. Surrounding is extremely impressive. Their lights and darks are amazing as well as excellent sharpness and details of the bird image. My compliments and TFS.

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