July 13th – Balanced Diet

Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

I found this Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) bouncing around the front garden in our neighbourhood last week, nimbly feeding on this vertical flowering bush. 

The Manorina melanocephala is native to south and eastern Australia, but can be found right up through the tropics in far north Queensland. Not to be confused with the Common (or Indian) Myna (Acridotheres tristis), this honeyeater native to this region. 

While the bird leapt from branch to branch, I was attracted to how the afternoon light filled the garden. 

Shot at distance with the 100mm macro, it was also interesting to see that the focus wasn’t quite perfect. This would possibly be because my 100mm macro is the version without Image Stabilisation (IS). 

To some degree I think the miner was showing off its acrobatic skills. Regardless I had to go, the kids were heading for the horizon on their bikes. 


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