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Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-30 16:04
Viewed: 3931
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot in April/2006, in Mystic, CT. It is a Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos). Many mornings and evenings, between spring and fall, these birds can be heard singing away outside of our house. According to Stokes’ “Field Guide to Birds”, the male “sings and defends a breeding territory” in the spring. And, in the fall, both the male and female “sing and defend a feeding territory”. Many species of songbirds visit our area, and we are entertained with very pretty songs. But, the virtuosity and repertoire of the Mockingbird are quite fantastic. The Mockingbird is also very aggressive. It will take on other birds, even those larger than itself, as well as any animal it views to be a threat. In the photo I've submitted, it's almost as though this feisty bird is saying, "Go ahead, make my day!"

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Hello John,

Fantastic capture.
Excellent detail and composition.
Lighting is good.

Great shot of this beautiful mockingbird John,
Very nice detail and color in it's plumage. He seems not to even know that you were around taking his picture.
I saw a lot of these guys while down in Nashville Tenn. visiting my daughter. I love listening to them sing, they have such a diverse number of calls. I had hoped to get a shot of one but never got the opportunity.

Hi John. Beautiful capture for this little birs.


Very nice capture of the sassy, and sometimes irritating Mockingbird. Looks like he figuring who to divebomb next... :) But their diverse singing is worth hearing. Love the flashes of white when they fly.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
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Soft lighting is very attractive. It would probably be a little more effective if the bird were facing the camera. Gary

Hello John,
This Mockingbird does look a bit cheeky the way he holds his tail feathers so high. I guess it's a type of posturing to make himself look larger than he really is. I like the composition and the way you captured him at a stand still.
TFS Janice

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