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Mockingbird on the hunt

The Northern Mockingbird still stands as one of my top ten favorites. Watching them hunt this past week only strengthened that standing. It was a bad week for grasshoppers. I caught two spiders and three different Mockingbirds feasting on the yellow devils. One spider photo was included on this post with the hopes that someone will identify it. There is a larger gallery of Mockingbirds posted here.

We have several that hunt continuously around our house and at work. Mockingbirds have fairly small heads, a long, thin bill, semi-long tails and long legs. They are tons of fun to monitor and track. One cannot miss the white patches on the wings when they are in flight.

Mockingbird on a successful hunt
Mockingbird on a successful hunt
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Focal length: 113.6mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

Mockingbird_Hunting
Mockingbird Hunting
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

Bad day for grasshoppers
Bad day for grasshoppers, What kind of spider am I?
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Focal length: 87mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

Northern Mockingbird

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.