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Bank myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)

Bank myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-18
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-01-19 1:57
Viewed: 1790
Points: 18
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I took this shot of Bank Myna around Rawal Lake yesterday. These Myna are not very common in Islamabad until winters arrive and one can see scattered small flocks around water bodies. They are not as accustomed to human populations as the common mynas. That is why they are much shyer and would fly away seeing or sensing the human presence. These Mynas have some differences from Common Mynas; Common Mynas have crystalline white and black eyes while Bank Mynas have red eyes, Head of a Bank Myna is somewhat flatter from above than Common Myna, Black shiny feathers around eyes area are more prominent in case of Bank Mynas, Bank mynas have some light brown to light orange feathers apart from black while these light colored feathers are absent and replaced by white in Common Mynas.
Regarding my shot, i had a big rock between my camera and the subject. One can see a portion of that rock to left of my shot in form of a blurred patch. This frontal, lower POV helped me to achieve some good details on head area of Myna. Some details from Wikipedia are:

Bank myna (Acridotheres ginginianus), called "Sharak" in Punjabi, is a myna found in South Asia. It is smaller but similar in colouration to the common myna but differs in having a brick red bare skin behind the eye in place of yellow. It is greyer on the underside and in this and in the presence of a slight tuft of feathers bears some resemblance to the jungle myna. They are found in flocks on the plains of northern and central India, often within towns and cities. Their range appears to be extending southwards in India. The name is derived from their habit of nesting almost exclusively in the earthen banks of rivers where they excavate holes and breed in large colonies.

The native range of the bank myna is almost restricted to the Indian subcontinent from the Indus valley in the West, to the Gangetic delta in the East and south of the lower foothills of the Himalayas, only rarely being found in sheltered valleys.

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Hello Akbar,
Splendid photo with perfect focus and pin sharp details.. Excellent contrast against the background. It is a very interesting bird.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Akbar,
Common bird and extremely sharp details.


hallo Akbar
very nice and sharpness picture of this bird
the colours are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2015-01-19 8:53]

Salaam Akber Bhaie,
A decent crisp shot, the colors are perfect and the true timing, excellent.
Best regards,


Hello Akbar

Excellent closer shot of the Bank myna, fine POV on it expressive pose,
wonderful light, great focus, sharpness, and details, beautiful eye-contact, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-01-19 15:41]

Hi Akbar,the perfect light on the face to create a fantastic capture,magnificent orange myna made with bright colors and impressive sharpness,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-01-19 17:53]

Hello Akbar,
I believe the rock was a blessing in this instance, it probably kept you hidden just enough to capture this amazing image. The detail is incredible and the facial markings and plumage colors are gorgeous. Love the very low POV you managed to obtain and the exposure is perfect. Great shot!!

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2015-01-19 21:19]

Hello Akbar,
At first I thought it was Common Myna, but your informative notes pointed out the difference.
I am awed by the top-notch quality of the picture. Excellent details in plumage.
Thanks for the share,

great colours and good sharpness. good composition and beautiful bird looking at you.

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