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Common Myna

Common Myna
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, CF Extrime IV 8 GB
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-18 5:49
Viewed: 7688
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this guy in Angkor Wat area flying around and collecting insects. I was following him around trying to get good shot and after 10 min hunting he decided to pose for me and probably said: "Now is enough" I said thank you man and continued to go around looking for new bird :)

Captured @ 400mm natural light, handhold.

The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), is a myna, a member of the starling family. This bird is native in southern Asia from Iran and Kazakhstan to Malaysia and China, and in Egypt.[1] It is also known as the Indian Myna and as the Talking Myna for its ability to mimic human speech. In India, it is called Lali or Lalee. In urban settings, it thrives on household trash and restaurant waste.

It has been introduced widely elsewhere, including adjacent areas in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South Africa, Israel, North America, Australia, New Zealand and various oceanic islands, including a very prominent population in Hawaii.

This abundant passerine is typically found in open woodland, cultivation and around habitation. The Common Myna builds a nest in hole in a tree or wall. The normal clutch is 46 eggs.

Although this is an adaptable species, its population has been decreasing significantly in Singapore and Malaysia due to competition with its cousin, the introduced Javan Myna.

This 25-cm-long bird has dark brown body and wing plumage, with large white wing patches obvious in flight. The head and throat are dark grey. The bill, bare skin around the eyes and strong legs are bright yellow. The sexes are similar. Mynas mate for life.

Like most starlings, the Common Myna is omnivorous. It feeds on insects and fruits and discarded waste from human habitation. It forages on the ground among grass for insects, and especially for grasshoppers, from which it gets the generic name Acridotheres, "grasshopper hunter". It walks on the ground with occasional hops.

The song includes croaks, squawks, chirps, clicks and whistles, and the bird often fluffs its feathers and bobs its head in singing. The Common Myna screeches warnings to its mate or other birds in cases of predators in proximity. Common Mynas are popular as cage birds for their singing and "speaking" abilities...

source: wiki

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Hi Ralf,
This is a pretty common bird here in Sydney, and as I can see in your notes it can be found in several other continents.
Magnificent profile pose, in which the bird's expression dominates the scene.
The softness of the background works great.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hi Ralf,
great shot with amazing sharpness and colors.
The bird stands out nicely against the beautiful blurred background.
Prefect timing and POV.
TFS Tatjana

hello ralf,
excellent capture of the common myna, you got good details here, very sharp image, liked the pov and the composition too, precise dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Ralf!
What a timing! To photograph a bird during singing - great picture! :)
I like also natural light, profile POV and very good sharpness/DOF. And of course a note - as always many interesting details can be found there :)
All the best from Poland!
Friendly yours,

Hi Ralf,

Excellent shot
Perfect POV, DOF, BG and composition
Superb sharp details

TFS Thijs

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-08-18 8:26]

Hi Ralf
This is great shot with amazing sharpness and colors.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-18 9:34]

Hi Ralf,

A wonderful capture of this Myna in the midst of screeching. Beautiful colors, shadings and details of the entire bird. I love the yellow beak, eye patch and feet. Nice pose and a perfect background.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-18 12:01]

Hi Ralf. This is a bird i have not seen before so thanks for posting. It has most unusual markings around the eye. You have captured good detail and colours. A nice side view. against the plain BG. It has very large feet with big claws . well done TFS. interesting notes too.

Hi Ralf,
Very good detail, color, and exposure.
Great neutral BG and profile POV..
Well composed - Well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-18 21:04]

Hi Ralf,
Excellent shot of this Common Myna in an agitated posture. Immaculate sharpness and details and I like your POV and chosen DOF. Great handling of light and exposure too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-08-18 23:55]

Hi Ralf,
You've presented this Myna with excellent quality. DOF, details and colors superb.
Thanks for sharing

A wonderful image. Very good light and sharpness. Excellent blur background. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-19 8:02]

Hej Ralf,
These birds are really cheeky and you've captured that nicely here. Very well-timed with great sharpness and fine natural colours.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-18 8:13]

Hello Ralf, a very impressive shot, a great subject, very sharp with a nice background. Great pose too, well done!


Dear Ralf!
Very nice shot and nicely eyes
Good point of view
Good sharpness.
Original job - TFS!
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