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Northern Mockingbord

Northern Mockingbord
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-04 7:53
Viewed: 3324
Points: 24
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Northern Mockingbird

The Northern Mockingbird, family Mimidae, is one of 31 species of catbirds, thrashers, and mockingbirds that occur in the western hemisphere. Eleven species in this group, including the Bahama Mockingbird, occur in North America.

The Northern Mockingbird, or "many tongued mimic," is known for its distinctive gray plumage, large white wing patches and its seemingly tireless repertoire of songs. A singe bird can mimic 32 species of birds in 10 minutes, and more than 55 different bird calls in an hour, so precisely that they cannot be distinguished from the original songs even with the use of sophisticated electronic analysis. This popular songster was discovered about 250 years ago by Mark Catesby, considered by some to be the founder of American Ornithology. It is the state bird
of several southern states.

Mockingbirds will also imitate tree frogs, crickets, a barking dog, and man made sounds such as notes of a piano, squeaky wheels and other sounds. They also will sing at night, especially in the fall when the moon is full and a mated pair is setting up a winter feeding territory.

The Northern Mockingbird is a gray and white robin sized bird with a wingspan of 13 to 15 inches. Weights range from 1.5 to 2 ounces (45 to 60 grams).


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Hallo Jane,
a beautiful capture of the Northern Mockingbird, very good sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV and nice composition with a lovely pose of the bird against a beautiful blue sky
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-04 8:28]

Hello Jane,
Even though the light parts are a little OE, this is a fine capture of the Northern Mockingbird.
The pose is great and taken from a fine POV with excellent sharpness and nice eyecontact in this pleasing composition against a clear blue sky.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

hello Jane
a very nice naturel pose of this bird with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-04 8:54]

Hi Jane.
You cute bird poses for you amazingly. I like awesome colours of the shot especially blue sky, superb sharpness of the image and precise exposure. In these grey days your picture lifts our mood. Thanks a lot and TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-02-04 8:58]

Hola Prima.
So You have My favorite bird today eh?
Great photo Jane. Beautiful blue sky.
I really love this guys, and some times they play with me to.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-02-04 10:30]

Hi Jane,
Perfect capture ..
Beautiful blue sky, fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-04 12:20]

Hi Jane,welcome back! Your style is always the same and i like it! Maybe the pic is a bit overcontrasted,but the sharpness and the colors are greats.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-04 14:05]

Hello Jane,
lovely and excellent shot of a beautiful Northern Mockingbird with wonderful clarity, excellent POV and composition.Best regards Siggi

hello Jane

beautiful photo of the Northern Mockingbird with a
fine POV en contre-plongé that you have the copyright lol,
with beautiful light, excellent focus sharpness
and details, the catch-light render the photo
always more beautiful, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-05 8:40]

Hello Jane,
Although there are some broken pixels around the bird, this a photo in very beautiful colours and good sharpness. The deep blue in the sky is something I've never seen here in Holland. Very nice composition.

It is fun watching a persons talents frow over the years. Still looking up but with much clarity. A fine worhty image of growth.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-02-05 20:06]

Hello Jane,
Nice to see you managed to capture this pretty little Mockingbird while it was enjoying the sunshine. Wonderful pose and beautiful colors showing it's fine facial features. I love the good eye contact and the gorgeous blue sky.
I can't wait until spring and the warbler migration starts here in Ohio. This is the best time to capture photos of birds that normally don't stay here, but are only passing through.
I see you are having great weather out there, it is cold and snowy here with lots of ice covering the ground. Rosie is in Phoenix for the weekend, so she is enjoying your sunshine even if I can't.

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