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Picture of the day - February 1, 2009

"Pensive Mockingbird"

Photo of a very pensive-looking mockingbird.
Photo courtesy of Bill Perry.         (Click on the photo for a larger view)

Today's picture features a very pensive-looking mockingbird. The mockingbird is the "state bird" of the great state of Texas (and several other states as well), and photographer Bill Perry did an excellent job at photographing this one - apparently during a moment of deep reflection! Actually, Mr. Perry says the fowl was sitting on a fence singing a song when this picture was taken, but it does look quite lost in thought nonetheless.

Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:
    Camera: Nikon D300
    Lens: Tamron 200-400mm
    Focal length: 400mm
    Exposure: 1/500 second
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Shooting mode: Aperture Priority
    ISO: 500

Visitor Comments...
    Name: Janine Stamper
    Town: Crossville, TN

    Wow, this is a great shot of one of the most beautiful birds you'll ever see. And by the way, the Mockingbird is our "state bird" as well (Tennessee).
    Name: Hugh Phillips
    Town: Brookings, SD

    Wonderful photograph you have there Mr. Perry. He looks like he's posing for you!
    Name: Phyllis Helton
    Town: Bristol, VA

    He is beautiful and sings a beautiful song.
    Name: Stuart Kelly
    Town: Hattiesburg, MS

    Our state bird as well here in Mississippi. Love the photo!
    Name: Ron Tuttle
    Town: Ashland, KY

    Neat shot!
    Name: Becky Fairchild
    Town: Latrobe, PA

    Lovely bird and a wonderful picture. So clear and sharp.

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