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That's Why It's Called Noisy Miner

That's Why It's Called Noisy Miner
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Copyright: Chi Liu (chiliu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Sigma 72mm MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-14 2:37
Viewed: 5803
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala), 28cm in length, is a bold and curious bird. It is identified by its mostly grey body and black crown and cheeks. The bill is yellow.

Noisy Miner is a good name for them, because of the repetitive noisy chirping they make, especially when there are young miners around. They also make a whole lot of noisy when an intruder enters their territory. That intruder could be another type of bird, or a cat, or even a person.

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Hi Chi

Congrats on a super shot. Great timing. :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-14 2:56]

Hello Chi,
Magnificent capture.I liked POV,moment you caught,colors,clear details,sharpness,catchlight in eyes and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-14 3:08]

Oh my gosh, this is fantastic, Chi Liu.
What a great moment you have caught.
The expression and pose of this noisy miner are priceless.
Excellent focus and exposure!
I love that tongue.
TFS. : )

Hi Chi, excellent detail, this is the first time I've seen their tongue. For their size they sure are one aggressive bird.

Thanks, John

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-14 4:24]

Hi Chi

What an amazing capture! The moment and timing here are impressive!
Excellent work, Chi. The POV is great and the DOF impecable, with excellent focus and very sharp details.
Also the exposure is very good and that lead to these wondetfull colors and tones throughout the frame.
Very well done!
Bravo and TFS

LOL... looks like it's living up to it's name here! Well timed to catch this all fluffed up in full scream.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-14 5:30]

Hi Chi,
Excellent capture with perfect POV.
wonderful colours and a lot of nice details. TFS

You certainly made this guy angry, he's really going off at you Chi.
Great presentation, the tongue action is brilliant.

hi Chi, excelent moment of this noisi bird. Fantaastic capture of tongue. Nice POV and useful info.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-14 9:23]

Hi Chi.
What a great shot, Chi. Excellent close-up. I always loved macro lens. Its potentialities are great Outstanding details and colours, amazing pose and captured moments. Perfect DOF and POV. BG is really wonderful. Cropping and composition are excellent too. BRAVO. Perfect job.

bonjour chi
details,couleurs,netteté et expression sans pareils.
felicitations pour se gros plan.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-14 12:27]

Hello Chi,
During my visit to Australia I had seen many Noisy Miners but none with this remarkable pose. It is most unusual to be able to see a bird's tongue like this.
This is an excellent capture, sharp and well presented with fine dark BG.
Great shot!
TFS, regards, Ivan

dla mnie pierwsz liga-mistrzowskie

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-12-15 4:15]

Bardzo interesujacy okaz. Ladnie ujety. Niesamowite detale.

Hi Chi,
What a shot. Such a powerfull pose and such great sharpness. I am really amazed about the beak of the bird, as if his tongue is about the leave his beak.

Hi Chi,
Oh Yea! great pose. Your timing was perfect on this shot. Superb quality light and a spot on exposure have rendered beautiful colors. Tack sharp detail. Perfectly composed and framed. Top notch work my friend!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-15 12:56]

Amazing capture Chi Lui, with perfect timing amd sharpness.

I like it a lot: composition, sharpness, background, POV, DOF, focus, colors, lighting.

I like it: framing (lightly adjusted to the left), notes.

I don't like it: nothing to argue.

Great shot... indeed.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-15 15:24]

Sharp, sharp, sharp! And what an excellent pose! :) Love it.


Hello Chi,
what an odd bird! Has a tongue that looks like a beak. Nice pose and good shot despite soft light.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-15 22:40]

Hi Chi

I can almost hear it all the way to South Africa, kicking up a noise. Just as a matter of interest, “Is this a female?” I was just wondering, looking at that sharp tongue (chuckle). Now before I have any hostile replies from the fairer sex, this is not out of personal experience, but a generalisation of a probable misnomer. Call it a bad joke if you like.

This bird makes me think of our Arrowmarked babler. Its Afrikaans name is Pylvlekkatlagter where ‘pylvlek’ stand for ‘arrowmarked’ and the direct translation for ‘katlagter’ would be something like ‘cat laugher’. Now if you ever heard these birds (especially when there are a couple of them together) you would agree that the name is very descriptive. I suppose that is what it must sound like when a clowder of cats have inhaled some nitrous oxide (laughing-gas).

It looks like this little bird is even twisting its feet out of joint to be able to emphasize its chirping. I like the activity (action) in the shot and the POV is great. The colours, contrasts, details, lighting, and OOF BG all adds up to a splendid posting.

Magnificent capture my friend and TFS.

Excellent shot, Chi...
Really a special capture...
You can hear almost this Noisy Miner:-)

Fantastic capture of this screeching subject, the details are spot on as well as the colors. :)

Hi dear Chi ,
excellnet focus and great sharpness.
very nice moment and well composed.
very well done.
thanks for sharing dear Chi .

Hello Chi,
so I guess you were well accepted as another type of bird here! Very lively capture of the Miner in the state of not being amused at all. Great how you are showing his tongue - what a strangely shaped, dangerous looking organ. Thank you for showing this species here on TN.
With best regards,

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