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The king of imitation!!!

The king of imitation!!!
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 8:02
Viewed: 4286
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Today I present you a bird that I saw for the first time of my life while I was at Raleigh, North Carolina for business: the Northern Mockingbird.

This impressing bird let me come very close to him in order to take that shot... As you can see, even if I was very near of him, he still sang: proof that he accepted me within his bubble ;-) He sang very loud and with a nice and impressive choice of songs imitating other birds... (he can learn more than 200 songs!!!).




Cool Facts

The Northern Mockingbird frequently gives a "wing flash" display, where it half or fully opens its wings in jerky intermediate steps, showing off the big white patches. No one knows why it does this behavior, but some have suggested that it startles insects into revealing themselves. However, it does not appear to flush insects, and other mockingbird species that do not have white wing patches use the display, casting doubt on this idea.

The Northern Mockingbird is a loud and persistent singer. It sings all through the day, and often into the night. Most nocturnal singers are unmated males, which sing more than mated males during the day too. Nighttime singing is more common during the full moon. In well-lit areas around people, even mated males may sing at night.

A Northern Mockingbird continues to add new sounds to its song repertoire throughout its life.

The Northern Mockingbird typically sings throughout most of the year, from February through August, and again from September to early November. A male may have two distinct repertoires of songs: one for spring and another for fall. One study found only a one percent overlap in song types used in spring and fall.

The female Northern Mockingbird sings too, although usually more quietly than the male does. She rarely sings in the summer, usually only when the male is away from the territory. She sings more in the fall, perhaps to establish a winter territory.

clnaef, SelenE, JoseMiguel, RAP, volkan, jmp, ramthakur, vanderschelden, fiyo, coasties, dkaved, Alex99, peter_stoeckl, delic, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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Hi Michel,
Exceptinalaly exposed shot! great details, and sharpness. Very good focus. Special thanks to this bird who allowed you to come closer.And he might learnd 200 songs provided you photograph hom :D

Bel oiseau à l'oeil bien vif.
Bonne journée.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-31 8:21]

Hello Michel,
It's a bird which is very unfamiliar to me, it was interesting to learn the fact that he can imitate other birds sounds. Good focus, composition and sharpness. TFS

Hello Michel,

Excllent capture perefct detail svery crisp nicly composed with excllent use of light

TFS Kyle

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-01-31 8:57]

Hi Michel,

Very well presented,sharp and colorfull bird,like it a lot,TFS


Hello Michael,
Great POV to get such a clear and sharp capture of this Mockingbird.
It's really enjoyable to look at time after time, and admire their gorgeous plumage.
You got a really wonderful soft and blurred background, with that red tones that makes a good color contrast with the bird.
I like a lot the composition used, it's really good.
Congratulations, thanks for share and my best regards,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-31 9:11]

Gran agudeza y luminosidad para captar a este rey del canto.
Marcados detalles realzan la definición captada con excelente foco y mejor OOF.
Los intensos colores y el estético reflejo ocular completan una bella presentación.
Mis mejores saludos Michel... Ricardo

Great sharpness and brightness to capture this king of the song.
Marked details enhance the clearness captured with excellent focus and better OOF.
The intense colors and the aesthetic catchlight complete a beautiful presentation.
My best greetings Michel... Ricardo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-31 12:05]

Hi Michel,

Nice capture of the mockingbird. They are very photogenic but not always as cooperative. I love the expression on his face!


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-01-31 12:26]

Hi Michel,
This is a great shot with your equipment.
It's very nice of the bird letting you get close to it:)
Nice clear details,blue BG and point of view.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-31 12:41]

Hi Michel,
I'm impressed by the abilities of imitation of this bird: 200 songs are many songs! Great details, excellent approach and exposure.
TFS, José M.

Hi Michel,
I like the colours; very vivid.
Great sharpness... and DOF is well done too.
A bit puzzled about compo?

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-31 19:29]

Hi Michel,
Good composition and a nice clear shot of this friendly mocking bird! I don't see many of these at my Arkansas home, but they were quite common in my south Louisiana home growing up.
Good job!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-31 19:33]

Hello Michel,
well done on this beautiful capture. Well exposed and the colors are perfect. TFS

Bonjour Michel,
Excellente photo de ce moqueur. Les détails et la profondeur de champ sont parfaits, les couleurs sont justes. Merci pour le partage!

Hi Michel

Great image. Perfect catchlight, great pose, lovely colours. Very nice work. :-)

Hello Michel,
You deserve accolades for this lovely capture of the Mockingbird.
Excellent point of view, very sharp focus, perfect details, pleasant colors and a grand DOF.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-02-02 11:44]

Hi Michel,
The detail of this one is really great.....the texture of its feathers....the glassy eye with the light reflected and full of life.A lovely exposure of the light making it seem so bright and to stand out in contrast to its background.Great work....take care.
Regards, David

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-02 12:47]

Hi Michel.
Sorry. I have passed this great picture. It is my mistake.

Captured scene is really amazing. Richness of colour palette (especially BG), exactness of DOF, expressiveness POV and sharpness of the bird image and twig are outstanding. BRAVO and my best wishes.

Hello Michel,
remarkably close approach, wonderful pose, beautiful composition of the well lighted mockingbird against the distant background of trees in colours of autumn.
Thanks for this lively, pretty picture and the well informing notes!
Best regards,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-22 12:55]

Hello Michel,
Seeing this mockingbird and reading your note right away reminded me of Harper Lee's novel. You deserve a lot of praise for this nicely framed photo. Great sharpness, focus and composition.
Best wishes,

Olá Michel

Excelente foto, gosto do colorido ao fundo que contrasta bem com a cor clara do pássaro. Bonita composição, um ótimo trabalho, parabéns!!!


Bonsoir Michel,

Une belle image de cet oiseau, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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