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:

Out on the prairie said...

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

TexWisGirl said...

this made me chuckle. yup! :)

Anni said...

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

Phil said...

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.

gigihawaii said...

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

mick said...

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

Rose ~ from Oz said...

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.

Jane and Chris said...

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

HansHB said...

Nice serie of photos!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

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.

NatureFootstep said...

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

eileeninmd said...

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

HOOTIN ANNI said...

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

Betsy Adams said...

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

Karen said...

I've never seen one. Lovely captures!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

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

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

How beautiful! Love that little guy.

Leave It To Davis said...

Love your captions...made me smile.

Cloudia said...

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

Hanne Bente said...

Great image series showing a cute little bird :)

Cezar and Léia said...

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

Stewart M said...

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

Linda said...

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.

Betty Manousos said...

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

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

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!

Abe Lincoln said...

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.

Debbie said...

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!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

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

Gary said...

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

Pam ;) said...

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

Genie Robinson said...

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

imac said...

He's beautiful
He's beautiful

lol.

EG CameraGirl said...

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

Wally Jones said...

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

Marie said...

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

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you for all the wonderful comments :)