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Old Jul 14, 2005, 4:33 AM   #1
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I was out and about hiking the trails near on of my favorite spots near a pond. As I was
walking the trail in the woods, these to Catbirds were carrying on and hopping about
from tree to bush. I assumed that there was probably a nest or youngsters out and about
close by. So, I started to look closely into the bushes and I spotted this guy. Also,
when I was out by the pond, spotted this dragonfly whose face reminded me of a clown.

As usual 20D, 100-400L (no TC this trip)

ISO 400, 365 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, 420 EX flash (FP mode)


ISO 400, 365 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, 420 EX flash (FP mode)


ISO 400, 400 mm, f/7.1, 1/800 sec


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Old Jul 14, 2005, 8:45 AM   #2
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very nice all so sharp too. Why the name catbird, are they chased by cats?
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Old Jul 14, 2005, 10:14 AM   #3
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Good question, Julie. I have a theory that maybe it's because they will attack cats (and humans) when thethey get too close to their nest? Here in California, we generally call them Mockingbirds. They will sing a wide variety of songs, sometimes all night long, when nesting almost as if proudly announcing their young.
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Catbirds do have a call that sounds like a cat.
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Old Jul 14, 2005, 4:32 PM   #5
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Great work, woodmeister, these are special photo. It's difficult enough to get a catbird but getting a catbird kid is a treasure. I'm impressed and extremely pleased that you have shown me what one of this little ones looks like. I just shot some catbirds myself last week, maybe I should have looked for kids too.

Catbirds, Julie, have many calls and sounds but the characteristic sound is exactly like a cat's meow. It's quite amazing to hear and I can never get enough of it.
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thanks, I did not imagine these sweet looking little things attacking humans:-)
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Old Jul 14, 2005, 5:54 PM   #7
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woodmeister, norm said it perfectly!!!! catbirds are extremely hard to shoot and you got a youngun and so sharp too!!! that's what i like about the 100-400mm. you can take shots of birds and big game and aslo get pretty decent closeups like your dragonfly. good work!!!!

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Thanks everyone for viewing and your comments. It is greatly appreciated!!!!

This little guy was learning the tricks of the catbird trade, as he buried himself
in the bush rather promptly after the photos.


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