Angry Bird

Still Angry.
Still Angry.

Today’s post for my dear Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab. I went out today in the sticky heat of Brisbane for a photo session but as I was getting in the car, I saw this little Myna Bird on the fence. I grabbed the camera, switched it on and started clicking, changing settings like crazy and was able to get a couple of good shots.

I was heading out today to try out my new 45mm lens while MissG was at the grooming parlour 🙂 I have to say this lens is amazing. It’s 90mm equivalent, is very good for portraits, but I wanted to try it for general street-style shots. Those shots will come in another post, another time.

So both photos were taken handheld, on-the-fly (pardon the pun) with my M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens on my Olympus OMD EM5. The header image was taken at f/6.3, 1/400s at ISO640. The photo below was taken at f/11, 1/160s at ISO640. In Lightroom, I had to crop the photos quite heavily, as I took them from my car, with the window down. If I’d hopped out of the car, he would have flown away – such a flittery little thing. I converted to black and white and increased contrast and clarity, and slightly tweaked highlights and shadows to bring out a little more detail in the black and white.

Angry Bird.
Angry Bird.

For the bird lovers, this is a Myna Bird, an introduced species that get together in very large numbers in household gardens. On farms, they are helpful, having been introduced to remove pests from the crops. However, they’ve undergone a reverse sea change and moved to the city, where they destroy fruit trees and seedling plants. They also tend to drive out the native birds through sheer numbers. They make for a pretty cute photo though 🙂  They are black birds with a brown head, yellow beak, legs and eye-area.

I think this guy looks pretty angry. He has that little moustache in the first photo, that cracks me up!

Have a great day!

x desleyjane

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Hah I wondered what this post might contain! A gaming post perhaps?

    Fab photos you did well and very funny face he has he does look furious with you lol

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL – thank you x

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  2. Chrissy Layton says:

    I think it’s more like consternation than anger. He looks like he’s been trying to do something and it’s just not working out for him. Keep at it, angry bird!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Yes, maybe frustration?! LOL, thank you.

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  3. Wow, you made not only great but cool photos of the angry ones! Fantastic.
    Your opportunistic instinct to capture magic images, reminds me of Henri-Cartier-Bresson defintion of street photography: The Decisive Moment. You nailed it. Bravo.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thank you Lucile, that’s an amazing comment x.

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      1. Well deserved, lovely! Xxx

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  4. nalinki says:

    lol, mr grumpy bird 🙂

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  5. Oh! What interesting birds! They are indeed angry about something! Wow, look at his expression! He looks like he’s got a moustache and eyebrows indeed! Thanks for sharing with us…your quick action to take out your camera and capture this birds before he flew away was great!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Lia, a lucky shot! Just in time. Lucky that they are quite bold birds, although Gidget certainly chases them off!

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  6. tildy1 says:

    He really does look angry, bless his little heart. Glad you were able to click before he flew away!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks, yes he looks quite cross! I will look out for him again.

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  7. fishnsotong says:

    Where did you get the photos of the Mynah? In Chiang Mai? I see these birds everywhere in Singapore, they’re common in South-East Asia.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      No, in my front garden. We have soooo many of them here!

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  8. Excellent work! He’s adorable in his irritation!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you, and I’m sure he would thank you, albeit begrudgingly 😉

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  10. afairymind says:

    That first shot is brilliant! Those angry eyebrows and the moustache – I love him. 🙂 You’re so lucky to have him, quite literally, on your doorstep!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL he’s such a grumpy old man. Thank you.

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  11. afairymind says:

    That first shot is brilliant! Those angry eyebrows and the moustache – I love him. 🙂 You’re so lucky to have him, quite literally, on your doorstep!
    I’ve just re-read the bit about their effect on city bird populations – maybe not that lucky. 😀

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Yah a bit of pest but they keep the insects under control…..
      ….. Except spiders, obviously 😉

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  12. The title and the photo go together perfectly. Unbelievably it did not just take off!! Ha!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks 😀
      He seemed quite interested in what I was doing!

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      1. Angrily!! Ha Ha! The photo really is spectacular!

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