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gypsygirl58 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 0 N: 138] (426)
I took this photo whilst visiting Laratinga Wetlands with a friend. It is of a Miner Bird. I couldn't get in any closer due to my lens and also they were a bit skitty.

Noisy Miner

Manorina melanocephala
Description
The Noisy Miner is a bold and curious bird. It is identified by its mostly grey body and black crown and cheeks. The bill is yellow, as are the legs and the naked skin behind the eye. The name is well suited as the common calls - loud 'pwee pwee pwee' and a piping 'pee pee pee' when alarmed - are uttered repeatedly by the members of the colony.
Despite their moderate size (28 cm), Noisy Miners aggressively attack larger birds such as hawks and kookaburras. These attacks may be so vigorous that most other birds are excluded from an area occupied by Noisy Miners.
The similar Yellow-throated Miner, M. flavigula, has a grey crown, white rump, and a line of bare yellow skin on the sides of the throat.
People often confuse miners with the introduced Common Myna, Acridotheres tristis. The Common Myna is quite different in plumage (mostly dark brown) and, although it has similar facial markings, belongs to the starling family, while the miners are honeyeaters.

Distribution and Habitat
Noisy Miners range from northern Queensland along the eastern coast to South Australia and Tasmania. They are found in woodlands and open forests. They have also become well adapted to suburban situations and are a common sight in parks and gardens.

Food and feeding
The Noisy Miner feeds on nectar, fruits and insects. Very occasionally they will eat small reptiles and amphibians. Food is either taken from trees or on the ground. In keeping with its highly social nature, the Noisy Miner usually feeds in large groups.

Breeding
Noisy Miners breed in small to large colonies. The season extends from July to December and several broods may be reared in this time. The female constructs the nest and incubates the eggs alone, but both sexes will care for and feed the young birds. Additional 'helpers' usually also feed the young. Interestingly, these helpers are almost always male birds.
References
•Higgins, P.J., Peter, J.M. and Steele, W.K. (eds) 2001. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic Birds, Volume 5: Tyrant-flycatchers to Chats. Oxford University Press, Victoria.
•Longmore, N.W. 1991. Honeyeaters & their Allies. Angus and Robertson/National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife, Sydney.

PP Work
RAW to JPEG
Cropped a lot
Altered the brightness and contrast levels a tad
Sharpened the image

Thanks for looking and for your comments and critiques! Cheers Tina :-)

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gypsygirl58 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 0 N: 138] (426)
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Edited by:JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)

Hi Tina, in this shot I was primarily looking to sharpen. I used USM (100 1 2). While trying to save I ran into trouble because of all of the detail in your shot. With this size photo I was down to 6 / 12 quality. Rather than save at that level I cropped it to a smaller size and saved at a 8 / 12 level. I hope this meets with your approval. I have removed the copy from my terminal.

Regards, John