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Inside a Cactus - ID Please

Inside a Cactus - ID Please
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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: 2011-10-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-27 7:31
Viewed: 3259
Points: 22
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It isn't often that I spot a stranger in the neighborhood. I am guessing that this bird is passing through Arizona and heading somewhere for the winter since I have not seen one before. My research left me without a clue - only that it seems to resemble a Shrike of a Flycatcher. I am hoping someone will be able to identify it for me.

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Jane, you have made the best of the passing visitor taking shelter on a cactus. It is a lovely picture.
Some expert should ID this bird for you.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-27 7:51]

Hello Jane,
I think you have posted this bird before. The real expert is cuckooroller (Steve Pryor), but I think it is a Northern Mockingbird.
Beautiful photo in good sharpness and nice natural colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-10-27 8:07]

Hello Jane,
A fine capture of a species of bird unknown to me, though I think that Peter is on the right track in that it may be some form of Mockingbird.
Despite the difficult lighting the features are well seen with excellent sharpness.
I note that the upper mandible is curved. This can either indicate an an escaped captive bird that has not been able to use its bill in the normnal way, or it might be characteristic of the species, like some of the Hawaian birds that have become naturalised in mainland USA.
Nice to see your post again,

Hallo Jane,
a very beautiful capture of this mavellous bird, very good sharpness and bright natural colours, excellent point of view and nice composition
Best regards

Hi Jane,
Nice to make your acquaintance,can not think that I missed your photos before. Sorry!! Beautiful capture of the "traveler" as I do not have a clue what it is. Despite the shadows, you captured this one well with nice clear detail. Nice colourfull composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-27 11:27]

Hello Jane.
Very good capture of this bird in nice pose,great colors,sharpness and details.Superb composition.TFS.
Best regards Siggi

hello Jane
veru nice composition with great details and good sharpness
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Jane, lovely bird in a hard ambientation, wonderful natural colors, excellent sharpness, finre details and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-27 17:30]

Hello Jane, nice to hear from you again.
I have been searching the web and my guide books for the last two hours. I have to say it resembles a mocking bird more then any other bird I have researched. I did find out that there are quite a few different types of mocking birds, but no one type seemed to have all the characteristics that your photo shows.
Sometimes just a photo isn't enough to positively identify a species. You know what you actually saw and how it looked while inflight etc.., which makes all the differance in true identification.

Hello Jane
Interesting species and beautiful photo very good composition and good sharpness.

Hello Jane

Excellent photo of this bird with its expressive and lovely
eye-contact, with beautiful catch-light, excellent details, TFS


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