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Mimus gilvus,

Mimus gilvus,
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-20 15:04
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Tropical Mockingbird, Mimus gilvus - (Vieillot, 1808)

Finally today dawned not raining here! ... By contrast, a sun early and warm, bathed the sky of a beautifully blue! ... A great day to go out and walk around, until I found this beautiful wedding of "Paraulatas Llaneras" that let them make a picture from about 6 mts with my little compact camera.

Not a great picture, I do not know much about how to photograph birds, also my compact camera is not exactly suited for this, but I think a good photo to share with you!

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Subclass: Neornithes
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Genus: Mimus
Species: M. gilvus

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 (M. polyglottos) is its closest living relative, but the critically endangered Socorro Mockingbird (M. graysoni) is also much closer to these two than previously believed.

Adults are 25 cm 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.

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.

This mockingbird is common in most open habitats including human habitation. 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.

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.

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Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: GIMP 2.4.3
Exposure Time: 1/636
F-Stop: f/4.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 60000/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-11-20 06:55
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 202 kb

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Ciao Gesù,
complimenti per la bellissima foto, cielo fantastico,perfetta come nitidezza e contrasto, ottimo POV.
Eccellente risultato, bravissimo.
Grazie per la condivisione.
Ciao Vanni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-20 15:28]
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Ciao Jesus,è molto strano vedere degli uccelli nella tua galleria,pero' si vede la stessa identica classe nel fare la foto,anche se l'avrei tagliata in verticale,troppo cielo inutile sulla destra...buona Domenica! Luciano

Hello Jesus,
Fantastic capture with such lovely natural colours and excellent details.
Wonderful blue sky and perfect focus.

Hello Jesus
superb shot of this two birds on a tree trunk, both are well focused with wonderful details, lovely pose and beautiful composition
amazing blue sky, TFS
Have a great sunday

What a remarkable double subject capture, Jesus!
The two Mockingbirds perched on a tree stump look marvellous against the deep blue sky.
Well done and TFS.

Lovely shot of beautiful couple ( I suppose ) Mimus gilvus, under warm blue Venezuelan sky, friend Jesus! A new approach from you today! Why not! The image fortunately or not is as good as your butterflies in the past! Well composed with decent detail and sharpness! Thanks for sharing my friend and regards to everyone at home!

George Veltchev

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-20 22:55]

Hi Jesus.
You have pictured a sweet scene. Poses of the both birds, their looks are simply wonderful. Exposure and sharpness of all pictured object are superb and blue sky is wonderful canvas for the main subject. Well done and best wishes.

Ciao Jesus, da noi piove anche oggi:(, bella coppia di uccellini su un magnifico cielo azzurro, bella nitidezza e ottimi colori, bravo, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-21 1:13]

Hello Jesus,
Very nice photo of these mockingbirds. Good sharpness, details and natural colours. Very beautiful blue sky in the BG. Pleasing is the double eye contact. Excellent composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-21 2:11]

Hello Jesus
very nice picture of two Mockingbird with good details and beautiful colours
very good light.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jesus. Confermo l'ottima qualità dello scatto e concordo con Luciano circa il taglio. La profondità di campo è perfetta.


hello Jesus
great pose of this 2 beautiful birds
great sharpness and good details
greeting lou

hello Jesús

WOW ! not only for insects but your are also a GREAT photographer
of birds and you should do more bird photos Jesús, a very beautiful
photo of these Tropical Mockingbirds shot with very fine POV
and the way they are framed, very beautiful light, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, the catch-light always render
a photo more beautiful and we have that on both birds eyes, TFS


Bonjour Jesus,
Agréable publication bien composée mais le cadrage me paraît un peu trop grand pour apprécier pleinement la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs des deux sujets qui sont tout de même relativement bien valorisés.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hola Jesus

Bella imagen de estos dos pájaros en esa rama. Una composición muy agradable y bien contrastada con ese cielo azul.

Un saludo de Antonio

cattura doppia a fronte dell'azzurro cielo,Jesus
il nome di questo uccello(mockingbird) mi ricorda una vecchia canzone di James Taylor e Carly Simon

buona settimana amico venezuelano sERGIO

Ciao Jesus,
splendida cattura, gli uccelli sono sempre una preda fotografica ambita e piuttosto difficile, tu hai colto questi bellissimi Mimus gilvus con una bella e interessante postura contro il cielo in una composizione piacevole ed equilibrata
Grazie e xomplimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

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