Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird, the state bird of Texas is one of my personal favorites. They are the quintessential bird. If you ever hear ten different birds singing outside your house, with only one in sight, that bird is probably a Mockingbird.

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird - making friends

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 30 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 137.4mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/450s

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird - bird on a wire

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 2 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 109.3mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/680s

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird - A bird with a prize.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 25 May, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

We have several that hunt continuously around our house and at work. They dance and flagrantly harass birds, cats, squirrels and our dogs by dive bombing them, legs extended. Mockingbirds have small heads, a long, thin bill, semi-long tails and long legs. Those bars on the wings make this a definite identification. They are tons of fun to monitor and track. One cannot miss the white patches on the wings when they are in flight.

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