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Old Oct 13, 2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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I've seen this nondescriptbird a couple of times around the botanical gardens, but have never managed much of a shot. Even thisone isn't the best for identification, I suppose. I took a couple of quick shots with the lens I had on the cameraand it took off before I could change to the 300mm lens. This is a 100% crop taken with the Viv 105 macro and the K20.

Does anyone know what it is? I tried to look it up in my guideand came up with several possibles. I wasn't sure which part of the book I should be looking in (that tells you how little I know about birds!).
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 11:19 PM   #2
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My immediate thought is Northern Mockingbird, but I am far from sure. Regardless of the ID, it is a terrific shot, especially for a 100% crop. Well done.

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Old Oct 13, 2008, 11:27 PM   #3
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I think Paul is correct, it looks like a Mockingbird to me too.

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Old Oct 14, 2008, 7:43 AM   #4
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Yes, that's what I thought too. only the ones we have around here have a dark line extending out from the corner of the eyes. nice shot Harriet!
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I would guess Mockingbird also.

Here is a Southern veriety Mockingbird with my 300mm.

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Old Oct 14, 2008, 2:05 PM   #6
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Thanks - now that I know where to look it does look like a Northern Mockingbird. Maybe next time I'll manage to change lenses before it takes off. But you have to admit that the 105 macro does a pretty good job, in spite of its short focal length.
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Old Oct 14, 2008, 11:52 PM   #7
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mtngal wrote:
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you have to admit that the 105 macro does a pretty good job, in spite of its short focal length.
The IQ at 100% is really remarkable! Nice bird also, is the mockingbird a kind of thrush?

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Old Oct 15, 2008, 12:50 AM   #8
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Mockingbird.

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A terrific bird shot, great detail, so sharp and nice eye light.
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