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Noisy Miner

Noisy Miner
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-10 2:15
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Points: 138
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Noisy Miner or (Manorina melanocephala)

I took this picture last week at the Centennial Park, Sydney.
The bird was jumping from flower to flower in search of nectar, when suddenly alighted very close to me :)

As always, handheld with IS, crop, some RAW adjustments and image size for TN.

Shutter speed: 1/160
Aperture value: f/10
Focal length: 300mm
AF mode: One shot
Flash: Off
ISO 800

Despite being the Noisy Miner a native bird of Australia, common to the eastern and southern states, is very similar and people often confuse it with the Common Myna, which is widely spread in cities and urban centres where they have congregated and thrived. Mynas have also invaded regional areas, threatening native birds and hollow-dwelling animals.

Noisy Miners are large honeyeaters that live in groups, with each group strongly defending a communal territory. Noisy Miners also aggressively exclude most small birds from their territories, creating areas with a low diversity of small birds. Noisy Miners must find food (insects and nectar) within their territories all year round because they are a sedentary species. This means they thrive in environments that have year-round sources of nectar.

These birds can be annoying because of their constant vocalizations, but their main problem is the impact they have on other birds. Both problems arise from a dramatic increase in their abundance resulting from the creation of favourable habitat by humans.
You can see another image of the Noisy Miner in the WS

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Manorina
Species: M. melanocephala



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Hi Jose.
Wow, stunning shot. Superb exposure, colour and detail and amazing capture right at this moment with his beak in the flower and being hand held as well, excellent.



Good action pic of the subject feeding. The composition is great with the subject feeding in the top right hand corner. The Detail shown is good, as is the POV, DOF and BG. Very well done.

Beautifully sharp, great feather details and colours. Fascinating subject, lovely action shot, composition and DOV.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-10 3:18]

What a super shot of the Miner - yes, very different to the Common Myna like we have in NZ. The grey colour is so different - and I see it has no brown colours either. You also have a very good photo in the WS too Jose.
Well captured, good sharp focus and pose
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-10 3:34]

Hello Jose,
Terrific close-up of the Noisy Miner seeking nectar from a little flower. Excellent sharpness and fine natural colours. A nice soft background and I like your framing!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Belle attitude pour ce charmant oiseau
Bonne journée.

Hi Jose

Great portrait of our Noisy Miner. Excellent composition, sharpness and plumage details.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-09-10 5:29]
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Oh! A beautiful picture with pink! It is superb, Jose, the colours are fantastic yet natural. The bird's portrait is sharp and clear, I really like the composition. Thankyou!


Hallo Jose
Stunning is just the word. I mean Stunning with a bold and capital S. Unbelievably beautiful. A lovely close-up with crisp clear details and features. A real neat and handsome bird in a sunny and warm image. Great shot by a very talented photographer. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-10 7:03]

Hola José Miguel,
Beautiful close-up portrait of this lovely bird. Pose you captured, composition, colors, POV, details and flowers look so good. Gracias
Un saludo,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-10 7:03]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Amazing photo in perfect sharpness and very beautiful clear colours. Great DOF, composition, timing and POV. Great action shot!
Kind regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-10 9:48]

Hi Jose.
How well that you were in correct tine in right place and managed to take this amazing close-up picture. Sweet scene, amazing flowers and bird and terrific details of all pictured objects. Diagonal composition is fine as well as the nice smooth colourful BG. Bravo. perfect work.. WS is so wonderful as original shot.

Hi Jose Migueal, what an impressive shot of this beutiful Noisy Miner with great clarity and composition. Colours and its facial expression are great!
Many thanks for sharing this beauty.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-09-10 16:59]

Hola Jose Miguel.
Hermosa foto. Una joya de gran valor. Excelente nitidez, y pose. Los colores bien definidos y el pequeño manchon en amarillo cerca del ojo luce de maravilla.
Felicidades y recibe de mi parte un fuerte abrazo.

What a great close up Jose.
The timing was perfect for this bird putting his beak in the flower. These colours captured are really nice.The detail and focus on the eye, is spectacular.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-10 23:00]

Hi Jose,
Your postings are far in between but whenever you post the image is so fabulous in all respects. This is no exception. Fantastic shot with immaculate sharpness and clarity. Beautiful colours and perfect lighting. Great moment and pose captured with skill and timing. I like that expressive eye very much and your chosen POV. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

Hi Jose!

You don't make us happy very often with your pictures, but when one drops in it's for sure an eye candy. This picture is held in your usual perfection, both on the technical side and on the content. The clarity, the richness of details and the very interesting notes make it a precious posting.

Kind regards


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-11 3:19]

Hi Jose

What an amazing close-up.
Tihs is really an angle that we usually don't see bird from :) Great idea!
You were lucky that the bird came so close to you and acted perfectly natural, but you are to be congratulated for your quick response. The DOF and exposure settings are excellent and the result is a very original and in-depth close-up of this natural behavior of this bird.

Bravo and TFS

I wonder at times what others think of us "serious" photographers...sometimes all own similar cameras, but one can tell when a photography takes his work seriously...make that his/her work:-) I see Selen has commented and I try to be so updated and "politically correct"...bob the fence rider....anyhow back to you super image...Sometimes I forget how many real pros we have here on TN..You guys and gals sit an be quiet, showing your beautiful images at times without notice, nor do you care...for it is your calling in teh good times as in the bad...

A fine capture in all technical ways and certainly a super image in character.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-09-11 7:22]

Hello Jose
Nice portrait.Good POV and sharp image with excellent detail.Nice pose and nice catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

Hi dear Jose ,
What a nice shot at intersting moment.
It has excellent details and amazing colours.
A perfect work as always from you.

Thanks and kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-11 7:45]

Hello José,
Noisy Miners are great birds to photograph and relatively tame so that in parks like the Centennial and the Botanical Gdns you can get quite close. You used this tameness well with this excellent close-up taken with fine sharpness and set in a superb composition as it takes nectar from some attractive red flowers.
I wish I had taken as fine a shot as this when Ulla and I were there two years ago!
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best wishes,

Hola Jose,
Como esta usted!
Thank you for sharing this outstanding shot of the Noisy Miner in feeding!
good closeup in perfect sharpness, awesome colour and superb details in it
very well done
muchas gracias

tremenda foto, los colores y el enfoque es excelente.


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-09-11 14:00]

Hi Jose, Beautiful colours well displayed. Timing to have this bird feeding brings dynamics to the composition. A simple close up which looks very good. Excellent DOF effect. TFS. Murray.
PS Must meet again soon.M.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-11 14:08]

Hi Jose Miguel,
what a fine capture of this Noisy Miner.
There's heaps of detail here.
Great composition.
Good pose.

Well done,

Ciao Jose Miguel, fantastic portrait with amazing details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello jose,
what a fine closeup shot, you have captured a fine moment here, i loved the pov, the composition, the details of the plumage and the shine in the eyes,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Jose,

Congratulations on a stunning presentaion, this is a excellent shot, love the POV and the tight crop, stunning colours, superb detail, that eye is amazing, just wonderful, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-09-12 1:45]

Hello Jose,
You've capture an unique moment of feeding behavior with all details and colors. Composition and pOv are too good. I like the catch light and inquisitive eye.
Thanks a lot for sharing

Hola José Miguel:

Una foto preciosa de este pájaro con una definición perfecta como todos los que captas tu que son una maravilla.
Gracias por comentar mi foto de la gaviota. Ya ves que publico poco y comento menos. No es que sea por pereza es que estoy metido en demasiados sitios.
Un abrazo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-12 9:11]

Hi Jose,fantastic moment to take the pic,this portrait is wonderfull,i like a lot the perfects details and the colors very warms,thanks a lot to show us this beauty,have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hello Jose,
Never saw this one before. Strange nam...Noisy miner:-)
Good moment and colourful image.

Hi Jose,
This is a very intimate & pleasing closeup comp, great quality..
Very well done,

Wow Jose,thats a very close shot of the Miner feeding.
Beautiful catchlight in his eye and great detail in the plumage.
Great capture.

Hello Miguel,

Fantastic capture.
Beautiful colours with excellent details.
Lighting and composition are good.

hello Jose Miguel

excellent close-up shot of this bird in action,
fine POV, excellent sharpness and details,
i love the hard luminosity and hard colour tones of the image,



Hi Jose Miguel,
This is such an interesting specie, very colorful and beautiful! You captured a great moment with this pink flower and details and composition look very good. I wish we have those birds here as well. The picture in WS is interesting as we can see more of this superb bird. Thanks,

Olá Miguel

Como todas as tuas fotos esta é simplismente encantadora...
Grande abraço,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-17 2:00]

Hola José,
precioso instante captado,
enfoque excelente y color...
saludos amigo.

Merhaba Jose Miguel,nefis nefis bir fotoğraf.Tamda özsuyu içerken harika yakalmışsın.Renkler ve detaylar ve an süper,ellerine sağlık :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-18 4:37]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Interesting to see that you made this beautiful picture without flash and with 800 ISO. The result is great,the colours very natural and the background not too noisy. The framing is well chosen, the attitude of the bird well caught with its beak in the flower..
Du bon travail!

Hello Jose Miguel.
Picture simply sensational!
Superb definition with impressive details.
Excellent texture and framing.
My compliments for extraordinary work photographic.
José Roberto

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-18 19:40]

Hello José Miguel! Very nice shot of that great bird! So sharp and clear! The eye is just fantastic, well done, thanks!


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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-09-18 23:26]
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Hola Jose.

Si verdad? que bueno encontrar otro latinoamericano, y bueno que te puedo decir de los detalles tonos y colores de esta tu captura,son excelentes, disfruto en particular los close up, esta foto la tomaste a 3 metros del ave? te felicito, ademas una muy buena nota.


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-09-19 13:23]

hola Jose Miguel, excelente aproximación, muy bonita compòsición, con tonos de color vivos y muy atractivos.
El detalle es magnifico.
un saludo

Hi Jose,

Very impressive picture.Just a perfect shot. tfs. Stev.kds

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-09-23 6:52]

WOW... it is hard to believe you could get such fine detail using the full focal range of your lens. The sharpness is outstanding. Excellent colors and very interesting moment captured.

Hello Jose,

Very nice and intimist portrait of this nice bird feeding of nectar on this lovely flower! Excellent exposition and great details on the feathers. I like the fact that he is unaware of you even if you are so close of him. Are the male and female similar?

Ciao and TFS!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-26 6:39]

Hello Jose,
What an incredible image, simply outstanding. This one has to go into my favorites. Thank you Jose.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-09-27 0:25]

Hi Jose
exellent composition and sharp
very well done.

Hola Jose Miguel.

Excelente imagen del ave urgando en la flor como si se tratara de un insecto, para mi resulta muy curiosa y atractiva.

Jose Luis.

Ciao Jose Miguel,
meravigliosa immagine, eccellenti momento di cattura, POV e DOF, bellissima la composizione per la splendida postura dell'uccello, super nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, stupendo il riflesso nell'occhio, magnifici i colori.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-09 7:49]

Hola Jose Miguel.
Para mí sí que es una alegría volver a saber de tí y ver que vuelves a deleitarnos con tus fotos. Ésta del Noisy Miner es de una belleza singular. Cómo pudiste captarle tan próximo y en un momento tan preciso introduciendo su pico en esa pequeña flor, con tanta nitidez y precisión, para mí es una incógnita. Los colores, tanto de las florecillas como de las plumillas amarillas del ojo y el brillo reflejado en éste son un gran punto a sumar.
Felicidades y muchas gracias por tus fotos y por tu comentario.
Un cordial saludo,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-12 12:13]

Hi Jose

What a charming and delicate image. I love the way you have caught the bird in the moment of feeding on nectar. Wonderful close details and great POV.



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-12 16:34]

Hello Jose,
it is laways astonishing for me to think vand reflect into how pwople like you produce such a wonderful capture of these birds. Ive been trying hard but to no avail. the pix is not so sharp.
Having said that with this lovely and splendid close shot it is amazing.
Great clarity and superbs sharpness.
Excellent composition of the bird in its natural surrounding.


Just wooooooow!
Hi Jose,
this shot is realy amazing and perfect.
To see how this bird is drinking here is fantastic, never saw such a moment before, thanks so much,
Sabine - wishnugaruda

sorry - no more ;-) left today

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-12-14 23:48]

Hello Jose Miguel !
Seems that you have captured this one at the perfect moment ! :-)The pose of the bird is wonderful. Excellent sharp details, vivd colors, beautiful blurred BG and a fine coposition. Truly a wonderful picture, I love it. Very well done !

Hello Jose,

Splendid portrait of this bird feeding on nectar. Beautiful composition with a perfect timing. Great sharpness. Wonderful colours.

Hello Jose,

A magnificent image, the bird's pose is beautiful, colors are spectacular, fine detail and sharpness too.


Dear José Miguel,
a very lively, well composed image of that nicely drab coloured bird sipping nectar from blossoms in beautifully contrasting colours. A short volatile moment conserved in a delightful artistic snapshot.
Thank you! With all my best wishes to you!

Great shot! The clarity in the eye looks wonderful. I like the diagonal composition and the pov.

Hi Jose Miguel,

You have closed the image very well on this miner feeding with the beak tucked in the petals. The focus is of top class and the image is in such fine quality. The details are well established under well controlled depth. Well done and TFS.


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2009-01-07 23:25]

WOW! For a handheld picture it has amazing sharpness. Excellent capture of the bird sucking nectar from the flower.Very colourful picture with all those pink flowers and yellow billed bird.
Thanks for the share,

Hola José Miguel,
Preciosa foto..
Pero como pudiste acercarte tanto al pájaro, o quizás como se acercó el tanto a ti?
Veo que funciona bien tu 70-300 mm... Con multiplicador quizas? Yo aun estoy indecisa con el 100-400 mm y su respetable coste...

Me gustaria aparecer más a menudo por aqui, pero el tiempo y problemas de salud en la familia me lo impiden...
Gracias por tus amables comentarios y un saludo desde Catalunya!

Excellent sharpness mpravo Jose.

Bonsoir Jose
Les details,couleurs,netteté et expression sans pareils.La présentation est superbe.
felicitations pour se gros plan...JP

Hello Jose

What a beautiful capture.
The colours are wonderful,and the POV is terrific.
Excellent sharpness and detail.
The DOF is well done.
Lovely plumage and eye detail.
Masterfully done.


great capture, there are very few close ups of birds, TFS Ori

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2010-02-17 14:15]

Hi Jose!
Excellent snapshot, super colours, contrast, very well visible details of it unusual for me of this bird.
I am greeting and he is congratulating on Slawek

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