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Brahminy Myna

Brahminy Myna
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-19 12:44
Viewed: 3412
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Brahminy Mynah or Brahminy Starling, Sturnus pagodarum, is a member of the starling family of birds.

It is a resident breeder in eastern Afghanistan, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. The bird is popularly known as a mynah (Salim Ali describes it as a "typical myna"in its behaviour and appearance, but recent taxonomic classification favours the Starling characterization.

Locally the bird is known as Bamani myna (Bengal/Bihar), Kalasir myna (Hindi), Pabiyapawi (Hindi-UP), Harbola (Bengal), Popoya Myna, etc.

This passerine is typically found in dry forest and scrub jungle. The Brahminy Mynah builds a nest in hole. The normal clutch is 3-4 eggs.

The adults of these 21cm long birds have grey upperparts and reddish-orange underparts and black wing quills. The head has a black crown, nape and crest, and the underneath of the tail is white. The bill and the strong legs are bright yellow, and there are yellow wattles on the gape. The recumbent crest may be fluffed up. Young birds have crestless sooty brown head and dull general coloration.

Brahminy Mynah with nape and crown hair fluffed.The sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller, lack the crest, and have a brown crown.

Like most starlings, the Brahminy Starling is fairly omnivorous,

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-19 13:24]

selam pankaj; nice close up shot of this lovely starling well presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Good pic and note.

Hi Pankaj,
A nicely framed portrait of this beautiful bird. Very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

bonjour pankaj
avec seulement 135mm vous avez fait un bon gros plan!
cela manque peut etre un peu de lumiere mais la netteté et les details sont biens.

First of all, hearty congratulations for your new Nikon D80, Pankaj!
The new 18-135mm lens empowers you with both wide angle panorama pictures and close-up macros.
You have zoomed in all the way to 135mm in this shot of a Mynah. Apparently, this is your first 'baby' step towards using a DSLR, and it is quite steady!
Why did you choose ISO 400? Was it cloudy in the morning? Did you use the manual mode right away?
By way of your first picture with a DSLR, it holds a lot of promise for your forthcoming pictures with it.
All the best!
TFS and regards.

Nice sharp detail with good color and DOF Pankaj.
Interesting notes to go along with this great looking passerine, well done :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-19 17:14]

Hi Pankaj,

A wonderful capture of this good looking bird. He looks very proud of himself. Wonderful colors and details in a natural setting.


Wonderful notes! Very well read, as the picture is above adequate and framed nicely. Mynah eh? Whats Minah's is Yours'a...Groucho Marx..

Washington State

Hi Pankaj,
You can see that it does resemble a starling in size and shape. The light appears to be overcast, but the exposure is spot on. Colors and detail of the plumage look excellent.
Looks good!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-19 22:10]

Hello Pankaj

A new one for me to see.The focus is excellent with sharp details.The plumage and colours are very well done.Excellent POV and DOF.The details and colours of the beak and eye are wonderful.TFS


Hi pankaj,
good composition,nice shot

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-20 4:45]

Pankaj, I was looking for a name for this bird as i shot this yday. Thanks but my shot is not matching to your shot and I will think before posting them. This shot is class. Ganesh

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-20 6:31]

Hi Pankaj,
I liked the low POV here. Colors, contrast and composition is very nice. TFS

Pankaj this is beautifully sharp. Well composed standing on the wet ground.
The colours are good with plenty of detail throughout.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-20 8:17]

Hi Pankaj.
Beautiful bird and beautiful your capture.Very nice POV,good DOF and details on bird.Pleasant colors and interesting surrounding.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-20 9:31]

Hello Pankaj,
Fantastic photo of this Myna. Great coloured BG. Good composition, sharpness, POV and DOF.

Hello Pankaj,
This is a nice capture and different one from you :) I like this natural exposure and details. My nit is about composition as the eye is more attire to the BG than the subject. I would have let less space in the bottom. Your notes about this specie that I didn't know are very interesting. Thanks,

Hi Pankaj,
Very beautiful shot of this Bird.Great details, colours and compo.TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-21 11:11]

Hello Pankaj,
Very nice capture of a Brahminy Mynah, that I have seen some years ago in Goa, but not managed to photograph.
So it is great to see this sharp and well composed shot, the mynah taken in a good pose and from a good POV and set in a pleasing composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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