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"Feeding Frenzy" for my TN Friends

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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D3, Nikkor AFS600 F4G VR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ORIENTAL (Indian) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-23 23:55
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Dear Friends,
I dedicate this picture to all my friends in TN to say a warm "HELLO, I AM BACK.".:)
I have left my job(completed my term) and now I am going to be free to take pictures and spend time in TN. I have missed you all a lot. No wonder they say absence make your heart grow fonder.It's good to be back in TN , among my friends.
This picture of Spotted Munia, feeding her juveniles was taken last week in the paddy field near our home.There was a big flock of them gleaning the grass seeds and taking bath in the nearby , almost dried up stream. I guess I was lucky to get a few good shots of them.

Spotted Munia,Lonchura punctulata

It is smaller than sparrow in size. In breeding plumage the upper parts are chocolate brown in colour with lower parts white, speckled with black. In non-breeding and immature plumage, it is more or less plain brown. Both sexes are alike. It is found in flocks, about open cultivation. Its habits are typical of a Munia. It flocks sometimes up to 200 or more, hopping about gleaning grass seeds, etc. The birds also occasionally also devour winged termites emerging from the ground, and when disturbed fly up into trees and bushes, uttering feeble chirrups. Its nesting season is chiefly July to October. Its nest consists of a globular structure of grass blades like other munias', about 20 cm across, and with a lateral entrance hole near the top. Both sexes share domestic duties.


English: Scaly-breasted munia/mannikin/finch, barred munia, spice finch/bird, ricebird, nutmeg mannikin/finch, spotted mannikin, common munia; French: Capucin damier; German: Muskatamadine; Spanish: Capuchino Nutmeg.


India, southern China, and Southeast Asia including parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. Populations introduced in Australia, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Japan, and the Seychelles.

Exif data:
Camera : Nikon D3
Lens : 600mm F/4 + 1.4TC
ISO: 1000
Shutterspeed: 1/1000
F stop:F/7.1
Image cropped and re sized for TN.

Thanks for stopping by.
Smitha. :)

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Hello Smitha,
excellent shot, nice colors,light and very sharp.
It is a very interesting picture,thanks for sharing,

Wowww... Smitha:) Nice to see you again. Welcome back my friend. A special monment and perfect shot of these Spotted Munias in feeding frenzy. Hoping see you frequently after this time. TFS this fine image my friend.


Hi Smitha,

Just beautiful, a perfect composition and the colours are great.

All the best,

Cezar t.

Hi Smitha,

Welcome back with very good story telling picture, the mood/activity well captured, looking forward for more.TFS

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-24 3:26]

Merhaba Smitha,
Bu ne muhteşem bir dönüş böyle. Seyri çok eğlenceli bir kare bu. Renkler, keskinlik ve kompozisyon mükemmel olmuş. Emeğine sağlık. Yeni karelerde görüşmek dileği ile. Hoşçakal.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-24 3:38]

Hello Smitha,
Welcome back to TN!
Great family scene you have captured here as these Spotted Munia youngsters beg to be fed by their busy parent. The composition, technical standard, POV and pose of the birds against a fine neutral Bg all contribute to a wonderful image.
Thanks for sharing it!
Best wishes,

Hi Smitha

Good to see you back here again.
Good shot of these young munias being fed by dad.
Excellent sharpness and details. Great composition and OOF background.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-11-24 4:02]

Wow,Smitha ,this is superb action capture.
Great timeing..TFS!
Welcome back..

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2008-11-24 4:09]

Lovely composition. TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-24 4:43]

hi smitha,
welcome back to the family, nice image, this activity not captured frequently, you did a good job. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-24 5:23]

Hello Smitha,
Good to see you back!
What a fantastic scene. The expression on the birds is really great. Excellent colours, sharpness, details, composition and timing. Lovely contrasting BG.

Welcome back Smitha, and with such a beautiful capture on a feeding frenzy! The clarity of the image is superb, the finely coloured OOF backdrop faultless. Excellent work indeed!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-24 6:32]

Hello Smitha,
Nice to see you back and with a lovely capture of this little Munia family! I love your POV and the details of them all are wonderful and sharp. Beautiful colours too and a fine background to set them off. Well done! Enjoy your holiday!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-24 7:35]

Hi Smitha.
Brilliant picture of the sweet bird family. Its subject is simply great and rich of content. You managed to freeze a whole complex of feelings and emotions. Exposure, delicate colours, details of the scene are superb. Bravo and my greetings.

hello simtha,
welcome back, we were missing you here, this is a fine post,i liked the timing and the pose very mucf, precise dof, fine focus, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-24 9:00]

Hi dear Smitha,
Welcome back. It's very good to see you again.
I like the moment you captured. Good focus, details, background, POV and composition. TFS
Take care,

returning back? when did you leave?............
Welcome back. and you have come with a bang!!! very good story telling picture.BTW, who carried the lens for you/

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-11-24 9:44]

Smitha, Superb picture. Welcome back to TN.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-24 9:54]

Hi Smitha,

It's nice to have you back with us - been a long time. This picture of the mama Spotted Munia feeding her children is just priceless. Great timing to capture her in the midst of putting food into one little beak and all the others wide opened. Lovely colors, fine details, and a wonderful action shot.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-24 10:04]

Hello Smitha,

You have shown a very interesting scene in your photo. You ahev chsen very well the moment for taking it. Image has a very well chosen DOF so that the whole group of birds are sharply shown. Birds plumage makes a fine contrast with the plant they are sitting on as well as the background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-24 10:16]

Hello welcom back, and you have a great shot , good timing and compositie colours and bg , tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-24 11:00]

What a lovely shot, Smitha! I love the composition of all the birds on the branch, against a beautiful background. The little birds are as big as the mother feeding them, she must be anxious to see them go! Great timing, I just love it.


Hi Smitha,
welcome again. you came back with a wonderful scene for lovely Munia family. excellent shot, with focus, POV and BG. splendid colors and great composition. Thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-24 15:41]

Hello Smitha,
What a wonderful scene you have captured.
Amazing that all 4 chicks are looking in the same direction... toward mama.
The clean BG and soft colors make this shot look like a Japanese painting.
A beautiful tableau indeed, sharp, well-lit, and well-composed.
TFS. : )

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-11-24 18:45]

Hi Smitha
Wonderful composition with nice soft natural color tones and fine detail.
tfs jon

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-11-24 19:46]

Hi Smitha

Excellent scene and well spotted. Split-second timing ensured you captured this at just the right moment.

It is great to see you should now have sufficient time to spend on your favourite activities – photography and TrekNature. We missed you while you were gone and we're happy to note that you are back and that we will once again be privileged to see some of your outstanding material captured in Kerala.

This image of the Munias show great details as accomplished through the spot-on DOF. Superb exposure control ensured good lighting on the subjects. The colours are very natural and the BG is well OOF which compliments the birds and makes them stand out very nicely in the shot.

Great work MF and TFS.

PS. Please say "Hi" to Anil and your lovely girls, Renu & Meera.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-25 3:29]

Hi Smitha!!! :-))
A mighty big welcome back :-)
This is a fab shot of these sqaubbling birds.
Very good sharpness.
Excellent detail.
Great poses :-)

Looking forward to some more!


Hi Smitha,
I know i should have commented on this before, but was really too busy and lazy do any thing :-)
You have really come back with a bang by posting such a nice story telling picture. The mood,colors and sharpness are good.
I hope that we will see more pictures from "Kodanad Pair" :-)
Goutham R

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-11-25 5:18]

another special picture to add to your impressive portfolio.
the mother plumage is very beautiful.

p.s. nice equipment :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-25 8:48]

Hello Smitha, Big Big welcome back. Superb shot and you started with a bang. Excellent composition. Ganesh

Hi Smitha,

Another golden moment that you share with us.
Great to see you back with a dear moment..
I like the title, and your selection of a family concept for this.

What more to say..?
Just superb.


Smitha, I'm delighted on two counts; first, your re-appearance on TN and second, this wonderful action picture of a mother feeding its little ones. It is a fantastic come-back image. Thank God, we have not lost you for ever for a demanding profession!
My, what a hungry congregation of little ones looking expectantly at their mother/father for their turn! The impatience is palpable on each eager face and each of them has a character of its own.
The image is technically very high quality.
Looking forward to your regular participation from now on.
Thanks and all the best.

Hello Smitha,

fantastic composition.
Good timing with great details.
lighting and composition are splendid.
Good notes.

Dear Smitha,

Great to see you back posting and many thanks for the feedback, what an excellent shot this is one very busy looking little Mum or Dad :)Wonderful detail and a perfect POV, I can just hear those chicks demanding food, wonderful work, all the best for the coming New Year,

Rick :)

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-28 5:07]

Hello Smitha,
what an extraordinary capture,
great momment.
Perfect sharpness and colour tones.
Thank You
Have a beautiful day

Hi Smitha,

wellcome back and witch what an picture.
Great shot of this bird that I know from an voliere.
Nice pov, dov and beautiful colours.


Hallo Smitha,

I'm also absent from Treknature much of the time, but it is good to see you here again.

This is a fantastic picture showing bird behaviour, in this case the mother feeding her young. Technically the picture is also very good. The light was handled very well. The DOF and BG is very good. Thanks for sharing and I hope we will see lots more of your pictures.


very nice family, TFS Ori

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-08 3:29]

Hello Smitha,
Truly incredible capture Smitha, of this mom busily feeding those hungery mouths. There isn't one mouth NOT open. Composition is perfect as are the focus and exposure. Thank you for sharing this exceptional image.

Hello my friend Smitha,
Sorry for my delay to welcome you back in this wonderful site of nature, I was away for a while too due to some other commitment!
Thank you for this awesome image of Spotted Munia!
great moment well captured with in the feeding time of them!
great dof in good sharpness, colour and superb details
my sincere thanks and welcome!

Hello Smitha,
It's fun.
I like the sharpness as well. I think you were very happy about the amount of light here. You used it very well.
Very beautiful picture.
Well done

Hi Smitha,

This is just amazing coming back post. I like the activities of these birds and excellent pov and very fine details. Beautiful image and very pleasing to view. Well done and best regards,

hello Smitha

beautiful photography of this family of Spotted Munias,
excellent timing to shoot them in photo, with fine POV and DOF,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hallo Smitha
This is an image with such a lot of character to it. The facial expressions of each individual bird are priceless, and the bond they have between them are captured and displayed so well. What a spectacular scene, these little birds are offering us, incredible and almost surreal. Very good interest here, the interaction captured is great. Well focused and detailed. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

hi smitha!

Hi Smitha,it"s a wonderful photograph. congratulations. babujayan

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