Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Camera: Fuji X-T1
Exposure: 1/240
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 200mm (300mm full frame equivalent)
ISO: 200

This Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) was seen on a street corner in Washington D.C. just up from The Capitol singing its heart out with no concern for me or any of the cars zipping by.

These birds are amazing mimics.  One of my favorite examples was a trip to the Dry Tortugas a couple of years ago where early in the morning, we thought we were hearing a car alarm going off, but no cars anywhere to be found.  Turns out it was a mockingbird doing a phenomenal impersonation.



Its surprising but D.C. is actually a pretty good place to do certain kinds of birding as the birds really don’t seem to care much about your presence and you can get amazingly close.  They mind their business and you, for the most part mind yours…

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