What’s the Rise Against song, “rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” (an unoriginal play off of Mark Twain). Been a bit since I’ve posted here. In fact, I was blog-shamed by a friend this morning who made note of my lack of production now we are midway through the month. Truth is I’ve been actively posting… just on the flagship blog instead. There were rumblings coming from those followers that the race season had started but no summaries. I was also in danger of falling more than 4 races behind thanks to a difficult half marathon trail run scheduled for this Saturday. Not sure what is harder, navigating the multitude of roots and hills on the run or trying to remember the details of a past race in order to give a proper post. Two of the 4 race posts are officially addressed, so time to stop whining and get back to our feathered friends from Georgia.
Pretty sure the Georgia queue is just about popped at least from a full series perspective. Will probably have a few catch all posts to officially close out the captures during that productive trip to the Georgia swamps back in May 2015. This set happened to catch my eye while in the digital darkroom. There is something about a Northern Mockingbird that can be downright scary. Reminds me of the Seinfeld “Two-Face” episode. One angle they look somewhat innocent, cute if you will. Change the angle of the glass a bit or tilt the head a bit and next thing you know you are running for the darkroom exit.
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Let’s see, a one, a two, a three, a four, a five… uhhh a five…crap! I’m guessing everyone out there is figuring this time I was surely beat. Even with the late blitz I’m STILL one short for the monthly quota. Is it time to panic, time to break out the shame sign and walk the local mall? That would be a big fat NOPE. One advantage of being so far behind on processing my photo shoots is I have a lot to choose from when in a bind. Like the Copperhead posting (link here), I’ve opted with pulling one off the back of the FIFO queue.
This a brand new bird to the blog and to my birding list. My brother once asked me if there were birds that could be considered common that I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot yet. The answer to that thought provoking question is “yes”. One of the birds that has surprisingly alluded me is the Purple Martin. For a bird supposedly in everyone’s backyard around my neck of the woods, it has failed to make its way into my tin. Another supposedly common bird that was lacking from the list is this one – the Northern Mockingbird. Not so common around where I am, but definitely inhabits a large cross section of places Linda and I have been while out on shoots. As you can see, that is no longer the case.
This particular specimen was found while we were visiting the Biltmore Estates near Ashville, North Carolina. We actually spent two days exploring this amazing place. The first day we arrived in the late afternoon and opted to simply explore the grounds and save the house viewing for the next day. When we first arrived the first thing I noticed was how perfectly laid out and clean the grounds were – it was like someone had handpicked the placement of every element of the forest. To my surprise, this ended up being the case as the construction pictures revealed that there was nothing in the area when the house was built. Along with that, they also cared for a massive flower garden. Clean forest and tons of flowers – what better conditions can you ask for when in search of birds. I’ll probably go into detail in a later post on the house, but we managed to pull a Big Ben, Parliament moment when we got there. Somehow we managed to miss the parking lot turnoff which meant we had to traverse the entire grounds a second time before we could get out and explore. If you have never been there, let me tell you, that is not a short drive.
Check out how much meaner this bird looks when you are head on – I can imagine how prey must feel – well, those with eyes – they are omnivores.
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