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Challenge: Action IV (Standard Editing)
Collection: 2020 - CHALLENGES & outtakes etc
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO M.Zuiko
Location: at home .. 40-150mm + 1.4 teleconverter
Date: Dec 27, 2020
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Action, Birds
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2020

shame about the wet feathers .. wasnt a good look .. or the two droplets in his eye .. :(

after rollover ..

thankyou so much everyone for your great comments and votes ..
and WOW .. on the front page three challenges in a row ..
mind bending ... ;)

i had this photo entered in the challenge but changed my mind as i wasnt happy with it . :)

Place: 5 out of 33
Avg (all users): 6.6304
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.8800
Views since voting: 531
Views during voting: 89
Votes: 46
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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01/04/2021 09:50:16 PM
Wonderful! Congrats on the HM Roz.
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01/04/2021 09:37:47 PM
Personal favorite of the challenge.
I love the yellow throughout, how it mingles with green, and the bit of terra cotta up top that echoes the color of the basin. And of course the action.
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01/04/2021 04:05:16 PM
I thought this would win. 7 from me.
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01/04/2021 10:48:33 AM
Originally posted by Barroness:

What type of birds are these?

thankyou Debbi ..
they're noisy miners .
"the noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala) is a bird in the honeyeater family, Meliphagidae, and is endemic to eastern and southeastern Australia. This miner is a grey bird, with a black head, orange-yellow beak and feet, a distinctive yellow patch behind the eye, and white tips on the tail feathers."

edited to add all this extra info ..
The noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala) is a bird in the honeyeater family, Meliphagidae, and is endemic to eastern and southeastern Australia. This miner is a grey bird, with a black head, orange-yellow beak and feet, a distinctive yellow patch behind the eye, and white tips on the tail feathers. The Tasmanian race has a more intense yellow panel in the wing, and a broader white tip to the tail. Males, females and juveniles are similar in appearance, though young birds are a brownish-grey. As the common name suggests, the noisy miner is a vocal species with a large range of songs, calls, scoldings and alarms, and almost constant vocalisations, particularly from young birds. One of four species in the genus Manorina, the noisy miner itself is divided into four subspecies. The separation of the Tasmanian M. m. leachi is of long standing, and the mainland birds were further split in 1999.

Found in a broad arc from Far North Queensland through New South Wales and Victoria to Tasmania and southeastern South Australia, the noisy miner primarily inhabits dry, open eucalypt forests that lack understory shrubs. These include forests dominated by spotted gum, box and ironbark, as well as in degraded woodland where the understory has been cleared, such as recently burned areas, farming and grazing areas, roadside reserves, and suburban parks and gardens with trees and grass, but without dense shrubbery. The density of noisy miner populations has significantly increased in many locations across its range, particularly in human-dominated habitats. The popularity of nectar-producing garden plants, such as the large-flowered grevilleas, was thought to play a role in its proliferation, but studies now show that the noisy miner has benefited primarily from landscaping practices that create open areas dominated by eucalypts.

Noisy miners are gregarious and territorial; they forage, bathe, roost, breed and defend territory communally, forming colonies that can contain several hundred birds. Each bird has an 'activity space', and birds with overlapping activity spaces form associations called 'coteries', which are the most stable units within the colony. The birds also form temporary flocks called 'coalitions' for specific activities, such as mobbing a predator. Group cohesion is facilitated not only by vocalisations, but also through ritualised displays, which have been categorised as flight displays, postural displays, and facial displays. The noisy miner is a notably aggressive bird, so that chasing, pecking, fighting, scolding, and mobbing occur throughout the day, targeted at both intruders and colony members.

Foraging in the canopy of trees, on trunks and branches, and on the ground, the noisy miner mainly eats nectar, fruit, and insects. Most time is spent gleaning the foliage of eucalypts, and it can meet most of its nutritional needs from manna, honeydew, and lerp gathered from the foliage. The noisy miner does not use a stereotyped courtship display, but copulation is a frenzied communal event. It breeds all year long, building a deep cup-shaped nest and laying two to four eggs. Incubation is by the female only, although up to twenty male helpers take care of the nestlings and fledglings. Noisy miners have a range of strategies to increase their breeding success, including multiple broods and group mobbing of predators. The noisy miner's population increase has been correlated with the reduction of avian diversity in human-affected landscapes. Its territoriality means that translocation is unlikely to be a solution to its overabundance, and culling has been proposed, although the noisy miner is currently a protected species across Australia.

Message edited by author 2021-01-04 15:03:32.
01/04/2021 08:11:04 AM
What type of birds are these?
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01/04/2021 03:43:52 AM
Love this, love the water droplets. Well done, Roz.
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01/04/2021 12:31:51 AM
Nice one Roz, that bird bath has come in handy for you :)
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01/04/2021 12:12:20 AM
Roz, I love this shot.another top pick of mine.
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01/04/2021 12:02:28 AM
Love this Roz.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2021 08:05:34 PM
Love all the water droplets!
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01/01/2021 05:41:55 PM
ahh --- if that's not an action shot, I don't know either...
very well captured moment, Roz

Voted earlier
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12/31/2020 01:08:42 PM
oh, Wow!! Brilliant shot. Top three, I hope.
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12/29/2020 10:22:25 PM
well done you catching the action so well8
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12/28/2020 03:27:29 PM
This is another fabulous image, Roz!!

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