Noisy Miner

Manorina melanocephala.

On a Grevillea.

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View all photos taken: Monday, 16th June 2008, This photo: 1:34pm

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  • -Gadabout- said:
    nice capture :) I like the way it's looking down at the lens!
  • David de Groot said:
    I'll let you in on the secret, take two shots directly after each other (continuous burst mode). The bird hears the first shutter release and looks up, getting caught by the second :)
    Alternatively, they fly away.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Cheers, that's a neat trick - I will have to give it a go :D
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    nice trick dave - wonder if i can swap double-blinds fast enough....
  • David de Groot said:
    :) You have to be close enough for them to hear, but given how darn flighty birds are, that shouldn't be a problem.
    Hmmm, I think you may need to resort to clapping or something...
  • Meremail said:
    This is not the only shooting that miners should have to suffer. Just kidding of course, because we shouldn't hurt little birds even if they are a massive pest to our indigenous species.
    By the way, nice shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah but these guys ARE native. The Manorina family of Miners are the native ones, there are 4 varieties endemic to Australia.
    The introduced Indian or Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) is the one that needs controlling. It's the dark brown one and a member of the starling family.