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Mocking Bird
Posted By: reh321, 11-03-2018, 01:32 PM

We stopped in Vicksburg MS on our way to New Orleans last month. While my wife read and read displays inside the old Courthouse, I stood around outside, hoping a mockingbird, that iconic sight in the American South, would come within camera range. Then this guy came and landed for just a moment - but long enough.

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11-03-2018, 02:07 PM   #2
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Nice opportunity shot with the pink blossoms giving some colour (even if they are just out of focus). That is the trouble with "opportunity" shots - you don't get time to adjust everything or take a second shot. But you got the mockingbird and that is the most important part.
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Great shot,
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Nice opportunity shot with the pink blossoms giving some colour (even if they are just out of focus). That is the trouble with "opportunity" shots - you don't get time to adjust everything or take a second shot. But you got the mockingbird and that is the most important part.
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Great shot,
Thank you both for your comments. Mocking Birds are very much associated with life in that part of the country; they vary their song, but it seems to be a great deal of the 'songtrack' accompanying life there.

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A really nice shot... love that black background!
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A wonderful capture for sure. Thanks so much for posting.

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A wonderful capture for sure. Thanks so much for posting.
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A really nice shot... love that black background!
Thank you for your comments.

I must admit that black background was an accident. When I took the picture, the bird and tree were in the bright Mississippi sun, and the gray courthouse, the background, was in the shade. When preparing this photo for posting here, I cropped it and then asked gimp to "auto fix WB" .... and for reasons known only to it, the gray background suddenly became black - which I thought was great!
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Our area has an ample number of mockingbirds but they are smart , cautious and not easy to photograph .

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Our area has an ample number of mockingbirds but they are smart , cautious and not easy to photograph .
Thank you for your comment.

My wife wanted to walk up to the Courthouse from a park along the river. As we walked up, we heard and saw mockingbirds, and I understood what people mean when they talk about these birds "providing soundtrack for the South" .... even saw a couple fighting, but they were never close enough for a good photo .... not until this guy popped in for just enough time.
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