Saturday, April 25, 2009

Camera-Critters #55: Common Myna (家八哥), Acridotheres tristis




I cannot understand why Myna has been a very familiar bird name in my childhood memory.  I chased this bird with my D300 and the 80-400 lens the last time when I was in the park.  He was picking worms from the grass.  I had no idea at the time what did Myna look like and what was this bird.  Yesterday when I went to the park, he was high up on the tree top.  The weather was very nice and I was able to get very clean shots, off-hand using the D700 and the 80-400 lens, a great combination in term of weight and balance.  The D700, especially for the feather, gives much cleaner image than D300.  The ISO for these photos was set at 800.  You can click on the photo to enlarge for a better view.

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11 comments:

Shey said...

Fabulous shots! I love that you have captured it in its flight.

:)

shu said...

Incredible light on the leaves! Like you, I am wondering why the name of this bird rings a bell in my memory. Sis

Tricia said...

Such crisp clear photos - Great shots!

DrowseyMonkey said...

Fantastic photos! Just when I thought the first one was amazing I scrolled down...and found more! Very nice.

Manz said...

Terrific photos!!I love the second image where the bird is just taking flight.

How many more photos did you take to get this series? A lot? Or just lucky to capture that certain point in time?

Marc said...

Excellent captures. You know how to use your equipment. My favourite is the full flight picture (the third one).

Dianne said...

I love his wings!!

Denise said...

Great captures of this bird. I first saw it several years ago while on vacation but have only recently idenitified it. A fascinating bird. I loved the one where your photo shows the inside of its wings. Wonderfully sharp photos and very enjoyable, thank you.

Karen said...

Very nice shots...

I like the ones of the bird in flight..

Bryan said...

Nice shots!

Wow, ISO 800 with the 80-400mm? The D700 must take some nice clean images at high ISO's. What shutter speed were you using here? I imagine it must've been at least 1/1500s seeing as the sky is clear and the ISO 800.

Misty Dawn said...

These are truly spectacular photos! WOW - Extremely impressive!

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