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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-28 10:29
Viewed: 3568
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Of all North American birds, the Mockingbird is by far, the most famed for its vocal imitations. Besides its own rapturous song, the mockingbird's repertoire has been known to include over 40 different sounds including the barking of a dog. Mockingbirds can be fiercely territorial during the mating season as they defend their nests and territories. Watching their behavior can be quite thrilling. The Mockingbird is a very important visitor to your backyard. Not only is it's song enchanting, but they will help to eat many of your nuisance garden insects!

Mockingbirds are long streamlined gray birds reaching up to 9 inches in length, with white undersides and flashy white wing patches and outer tail feathers. The male and females look alike.

The song is a mixture of original and imitative phrases, each repeated several times. It will imitate other species' songs and calls, squeaky gates, pianos, sirens, barking dogs, etc.

During the mating season the male will mark his territory with song. You will see them singing incessantly, both night and day, hopping from one song post to another. If you see him jumping up and down in the air, he's catching a few insects! In the Fall, both the male and female will mark their territory to protect Fall and Winter food sources.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-28 10:38]

Hello Luis,
Very nice photo of this Mockingbird in good sharpness and an excellent composition. Beautiful natural colours with a very nice blue sky in the BG.

Hello Luis,
Fantastic capture with very nice colors, good clarity and lovely
Splendid blue sky as background.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-28 11:23]

Hi Luis.
This species if very cute. It is a pity we cannot hear its songs. Subject is very nice. Charming bird on a stone is looked very attractively. Sharpness of the image are excellent as well as the reproduction of colour and all other details of the bird. Well done and TFS.

Hola Luis,
che fantastica immagine di questo bellissimo uccello in una splendida posa sulla roccia, eccellente nitidezza e magnifico il dettaglio dell'occhio, ottime le tonalità dei colori.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Luis
this shot is exceptionnal ! sharpness is perfect, and it stand so nicely on the top of this rock, the blue sky is so beautiful and highlight the bird superbly
TFS and have a good night

Hi Luis,
Excellent composition, lighting, colours and sharpness. The bird creates very nice contrast with the blue sky. Best wishes, Pambos

Hello Luis.
Amazing shot against the spotless blue sky. The sharpness and details are well established in the frame. Well done and hope to see more great photos in 2011.
Thanks and greeting from Malaysia - Jusni

Hi Luis.
Interesting species and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness
My best wishes, Christodoulos

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-12-29 4:44]

Mavi gökyüzü fonu önünde mükemmel bir fotoğraf olmuş.Tebrikler..
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a wonderful New Year!

hello Luis

excellent and very beautiful photo of the Mockingbird,
with a very fine POV annd framing with leaving
that very good free space in front, superb focus
great sharpness and details, expressive eye, TFS

Happy New Year 2011


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-05 19:04]

Hello Luis,
What a nice clean and detailed shot of this Mockingbird. Nicely posed to show off it's beautiful features. Love the bright blue skies, which is something we don't see that often here in Ohio. Well done!!
We don't have any around my area, but my daughter lives in Tennessee and they have plenty. I tried for quite a while to capture an image of one when we would go down to visit. I finally got a pretty decent shot, and I was thrilled.

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