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Camera : Canon EOS 550D
Taken in my studio (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

This is Mai, a young Mynah I was very privileged to have in my life for almost 6 months. I found her on the pavement in town, where she had probably fallen out of the nest, and she was just a little bundle of quills, no feathers yet, and after looking around if I could see the nest and not finding it, I brought her home with me. After the customary amount of time of carrying her around with me in a basket, she graduated to a cage, which she used purely for sleeping, the rest of the time she wreaked havoc in my studio!

One of the highlights of Mai’s day was going out into the garden for her daily bath. After the customary testing of the water, she would splash around, even rolling over on her back, legs in the air, sometimes just lying still, enjoying the water. When she was finished, she would fly up onto my shoulder and we would go back to my studio, where she would preen until here feathers were are sparkling and back in place again.

The Common Myna or Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis) also sometimes spelled Mynah, is a member of the starling family. It is a species of bird native to Asia with its initial home range spanning from Iran, Pakistan, India and Kazakhstan to Malaysia and China. The Mynah is one of only three birds in this list of invasive species. It is a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia and South Africa.

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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Comments

  • Keala
    Keala8 months ago


    Mai is lovely!

  • Thank you Leigh, appreciate the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDot8 months ago

    I love all the pictures of Mai and her bath routine!

  • Thanks Dot, that was something she really enjoyed!

    – Maree Clarkson

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