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368 VIEWS at 15 Aug 2014

4 FEATURES at 25 Nov 2013

Capture of Common Myna at Lake Alexandra, near Mittagong NSW


The Birds 7 Oct 2012
I Shoot RAW 19 Oct 2012
The Beginners Corner 21 Nov 2012
100% Group 25 Nov 2013

100 VIEWS 2 Dec 2012
207 VIEWS at 21 June 2013

The Common Myna or Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis) also sometimes spelled Mynah (Persian:مینا), is a member of family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the Myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.
The Common Myna is an important motif in Indian culture and appears both in Sanskrit and Prakrit literature. “Myna” is derived from the Hindi language mainā which itself is derived from Sanskrit madanā.23
The range of the Common Myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world’s most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests.4 In particular, the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia where it was named “The Most Important Pest/Problem”.5

Nikon D90
Nikkor 300mm with 1.4X Teleconverter
Focal Length 420mm
f8, 1/800, ISO 400

I am a passionate Amateur nature and wildlife photographer and like to dabble in all forms of photography. I find each photographic discipline presents its own challenges and rewards when you get it right. I also am a volunteer photographer for the RSPCA in NSW. I am a Nikon man and have just migrated to full frame however there are a number of spots left for additional lenses.

My equipment includes
Nikon D600 and D90
Nikkor 300mm
Nikkor 70-300mmVR
Nikkor 24-85mm VR
Tokina 11-16mm

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture Steve

  • Thanks very much Larry. :-)))

    – Steve Randall

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 2 years ago

    Splendid shot Steve.

  • Thanks Mark and the fave. I appreciate it very much. :-)))

    – Steve Randall

  • John44
    John44over 2 years ago

    Super shot Steve
    I agree with the reactions you got here!!

  • Thanks very much John.

    – Steve Randall

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 2 years ago

    Awesome shot Steve!

  • Thanks Roy and the fave!!

    – Steve Randall

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ray. :-))

    – Steve Randall

  • John  Kapusta
    John Kapustaover 2 years ago

    Great capture Steve

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on having your image selected for featuring in the group “The Birds”.

  • Thanks Wayne for the feature. It is greatly appreciated. :-))

    – Steve Randall

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...over 2 years ago

  • thanks Cynthia

    – Steve Randall

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Superbly captured Steve.

  • Many thanks Julie and the fave. :-))))

    – Steve Randall

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 2 years ago

    I’d like to shoot it with more than a Nikon mate,a big problem for our native birds..nice work Steve.

  • ROTFL. It was sure in the cross hairs mate. If I had a shot gun my D90 wouldn’t have got a look in.


    – Steve Randall

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