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Mynah Pest

Mynah Pest
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-27 2:02
Viewed: 5990
Points: 20
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The Indian or Common Myna / Mynah Bird

I saw many more Myna birds than any other birds when I was on Castaway Island, Fiji. They were always at the outdoor dining areas waiting for people to leave their tables so they could fly up and see what food they could grab.

The Myna bird is in the list of 100 of the world's worst alien invaders. It's called the 'Flying Rat', and has become more of a menace than the insects it was introduced to control.

It's the Indian mynah - an aggressive, noisy, cocky little bird that's taking over city backyards and parks, and here in Fiji it is very well established out on the islands too.

Around 150 yeas ago, the Indian or Common Myna (Mynah) was introduced into to South Africa and many islands in the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans such as New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Brunei, Sumatra, Fiji, Hawaii, and Cook Islands in the 1860s.

They are well established in New Zealand and Fiji. These birds are a significant threat to native birds because they prey on their eggs and young and compete for food and nest hollows.

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I like this lovely little bird!
Very sharp!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-27 2:09]

Hello Janice.

A lovely capture of this Mynah bird.
Lovely colors and they corresponds very well with the colors of the chair and the wall.
Thank you for sharing it with us.

Gr. Hans

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-27 2:13]

A wonderful sharp details and colors to your great capture!

Hi Janice,
it's a lovely bird - I know them from Asia - there they also sit on the tables and chairs while the tourists are having breakfast ;-)
You captured it very well, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

This bird look great and have nice colors.
Good photo.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

You have time to take pictures till:-) I laugh. Jane has been much more housebound now with exceptions...and she drags me into Farmtown. I love your work both here and on Facebook as well...nicely done and well noted.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-28 23:33]
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Hi Janice

I like that name: "Flying Rat". It's not only uncannily akin to the way these birds invades
through "hostile take over" the territories and space of naturally occurring species, but it
best describes its marauding behaviour and filthy habits as well. On the other hand, they
are not really ugly birds, by anybodies standards, and apparently they do become rather
good friends with people or make excellent pets in captivity, mimicking human speech to
a very high degree. Anyway, you did manage to captured this one with lovely sharp detail
and very natural colours. Maybe a slight bit of OE on the white plumage, but that is such
a small area that it does not really create any distraction.

To you, Dave, Allen, and Cameron, I wish a wonderful, healthy, and prosperous 2010.

Kia Ora MF and TFS.
Warm regards

Bonjour Janice
Voilŕ une excellent photo de cette mésange que je n'ai jamais eu la chance de rencontrer, j'aime beaucoup la composition de la photo avec en plus, un focus parfait et des couleurs trčs naturelles

Hi Janice,
Although this bird species is like pest, Your photo shows him / her very well, with good sharpness and nice colors. Using roofs as the background is a good idea - bg isn't busy yet quite unique, and makes the whole image a pleasant6 one to look at. Awesome color contrast. Great job Madame.
Tfs, best regards, László

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-03-25 21:49]

Hello Janice! Good shot of that little pest! Great sharpness in the details and good eye contact! Well done!


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