Northern Mocking Bird, Mimus polyglottos:
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands; Edinburg, Texas
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands in Edinburg, Texas is a great birding location. It was there that I saw and photographed a Buff-bellied Hummingbird, a lifer (see post for November 19, Click Here). While I was photographing that Buff-bellied Hummer I saw this Northern Mockingbird perched in a small tree about fifty feet from me. Now, I grew-up in North Alabama where Mockingbirds are as common as pigeons roosting under a downtown overpass. With that said, I have only taken a few photos of Mockingbirds, and none of them have been nice close-ups. So when I saw this bird, I slowly made my way to its perch. Thankfully it stayed put, and let me get some great close-ups.
Mockingbirds are mimickers, and sing a repertoire of just about every other bird in and around their territory. I remember when I was a kid, walking out of the house when a killdeer gave a loud alarm call. Startled by the call, I turned and saw a Mockingbird making the Killdeer alarm call.
Why to Mockingbirds Mimic? Click Here
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both images: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/320 second @ f6.3