Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mr. Mockingbird

Today I am connecting to Anni's Bird D'Pot here and also Stewart's World Bird Wednesday here.

It's been a long time since I saw a Mockingbird.


So there he is and there I am.  He is in a tangle of branches and I am trying to get some half-way decent shots. I begin to respect those intrepid wildlife photographers who wait for hours, sometimes days, to get that one perfect shot. I didn't want much, just the sight of a berry in the bird's beak. You wouldn't think that was too much to ask would you Mr. Mockingbird?


Apparently it was for I waited and waited and waited, and waited, and so did he - for me to go away.  I had my camera trained on that little bird for a long time. I had seen him picking off several berries and swallow them in a split second.  Surely I could capture that? No, I couldn't! I have more respect for the wildlife photographer who would have the patience to wait him out.  But the more I looked the more he looked at me.  For one brief moment my glance diverted in another direction, and as quick as a flash I saw that berry picked and just as quickly disappear.  I asked if he was taunting me and I think I saw him smile.


"Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience."  You are a smart man Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Bye-bye Mr. Mockingbird, maybe next time.


Yep, he's smiling!

36 comments:

  1. A lovely shots, I enjoy sitting and watching their lives.

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  2. Excellent images...I especially like the 3rd one down. The mockingbird is TX's state bird. I love to hear them sing.

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  3. It's true Denise. You can depend on a bird never to do what you want, expect or hope it will do, unless of course you turn or walk away. Good effort, and it's nice to see a Mockingbird doing anything even if it's mocking you.

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  4. Aw, too bad you didn't get that shot, Denise. But what cute pics of that bird.

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  5. Beautiful bird and your comments about waiting and waiting made me chuckle! So typical of most of my bird photography experiences!

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  6. Oh yes, bird photos, so much patience required! He is a real cutie, I have never seen a mockingbird before - now I know. I must google for a tune, I hear it's just lovely.

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  7. The little tinker!
    Thank you for waiting,Denise...he's a beauty!
    Jane x

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  8. My lady loves mockingbirds! We don't have them here because we are too hilly and woodsy, but about 15 miles or so to the north you can find them.

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  9. great shots! I have only seen them once in CostaRica. But I´m not sure it is the same one.

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  10. Hi Denise, nice to see you joining in with WBW! I love your Mockingbird photos.

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  11. I had to come back this afternoon again to show Bud your pics of the Mockingbird. :o)

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  12. Cute pictures of the mockingbird, Denise. I really like those little birds.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  13. I've never seen one. Lovely captures!

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  14. Awesome shots Denise !
    Your waiting paid off :)
    ~Jo

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  15. Smiling at YOU, their special friend and ours!
    Happy Aloha to YOU
    from Honolulu,
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ > < } } ( ° >

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  16. Great image series showing a cute little bird :)

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  17. I'm smiling here, this is a special set of images, so cute bird, so adorable compositions, well done!
    Léia

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  18. Bird photography is a bit of a waiting game! Helped by coffee and a back rest!

    Nice pictures.

    Cheers and thanks for posting to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  19. Just to see a mockingbird would be amazing and your photos are beautiful even if you didn't catch the little beauty taking a peck at a berry.

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  20. so lovely! they are about the prettiest of birds they are!

    big hugs.

    p.s. thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on my photoblog, but clicking on my name it would lead you to my main blog Cut and Dry. x

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  21. You have a lot of patience, and maybe he didn't want a picture taken of him eating?

    The pics you did get are great!

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  22. I like them. In Florida when we visited our son there, a mockingbird would bombard the cat when it was outside -- by pecking on the top of its head.

    Remember that today is making tomorrow's history.

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  23. oh these are wonderful denise!! can you imagine if the leaves were on the trees, you'd get zippo!!

    i love capturing them on trees, in natural setting. i think these are magnificant with the branches and berries!!

    i loved this!!

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  24. Just Beautiful. I love Mockingbirds and they are such strong birds, a bit over the top on territorial, but appreciate them all the same~

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  25. Great captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  26. Sweet as sweet can be- made me smile too ~:)
    Beautiful captures, Denise.

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  27. Your writing about waiting and waiting. I did the same thing with my woodpecker this week. He/She was perched underneath the feeder eating for an army. All I wanted was to catch it in flight, but NO!!! It just stayed and stayed. The minute I took down the camera...well, you know the rest of the story. It was nice seeing a mockingbird. I have never seen one in the yard. genie

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  28. He's beautiful
    He's beautiful

    lol.

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  29. I suspect that bird was mocking you, Denise. I have had a similar experience with a northern mockingbird.

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  30. We accept what Nature decides to provide!
    Any shot of a Mockingbird is a good one!

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  31. He's lovely though, Denise! You did a great job capturing him!

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  32. Thank you for all the wonderful comments :)

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