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Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-04
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Classics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-08 17:18
Viewed: 3418
Points: 20
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While in Nashville I took this photo of a Northern Mockingbird perched on a small sapling. The Mockingbird is the official state bird of Tennessee and can be found in abundance throughout the state.

It was a rainy day so I stayed indoors hoping for a break in the weather so I could get in a few shots. I heard the Mockingbird before I even saw it. It was singing it's heart out just a few yards from the porch while perched on a branch.

I carefully opened the door and slowly crept around to the side of the porch trying not to spook the bird. I finally was able to get focused in and take this shot before it flew away.

Northern Mockingbird
Mockingbirds are a group of New World passerine birds from the Mimidae family. They are best known for the habit of some species mimicking the songs of insect and amphibian sounds as well as other bird songs,[1] often loudly and in rapid succession. There are about 17 species in three genera. These do not appear to form a monophyletic lineage: Mimus and Nesomimus are quite closely related; their closest living relatives appear to be some thrashers, such as the Sage Thrasher. Melanotis is more distinct; it seems to represent a very ancient basal lineage of Mimidae

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-08 18:00]
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Hi Ron,

I love Mockingbirds and haven't seen one for a long time. Don't you just love their song? Funny, but our Curved Bill Thrasher has the same song. Not sure who imitated whom. Lovely shot of a beautiful bird. Wonderful colors, details, pose, setting and composition.


Hello Ron,
Very good portrait of this little bird called a...let's have a look:-)..a Northern Mockingbird.
Very good focus and depth of field.
Well done

Hello ron,
Excellent focus and DoF on this beautiful Mockingbird. Everything is perfect right down to the detail on its feet. Excellent lighting has made this exceptional...
Well Captured, the stealth of a cat...

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-08 21:08]

Hi Ron,
Very fine shot of the Northern Mocking Bird. I like the way the bird stands in the frame amidst the branches...the subtle colours in the frame makes the composition beautiful in every way. Good sharpness and clarity.
TFS & Cheers

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-08 22:32]

Hi Ron
Nice capture, perfect focus sharp details. Very well done.
Razvan Zinica

Wonderful clear shot. Great composition...love the repeating diagonals. And of course, I'm partial to mockingbirds since they are the state bird of Texas. Yeeehaw!

Hi Ron,

An excellent portrait, nice composition and detail is excellent too. You are very good at sneaking up on birds!

We get these up here occasionally, but not often enough for me, I like them.


Perfect Ron...It may take me a while to realize you are back to posting..this is a classic Ron...Superior and I have added it to my theme of such..

Hi Ron
What a great shot of this Mockingbird. Very good sharpness and detail.
Good DOF.Well done!!

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-17 16:12]

I like ths subtle lighting in this very much. Great composition. See, you don't need any of that digiscoping stuff. Gary

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