I was busy making dosas for breakfast when I heard them.
“Can’t you wait for me?” I asked, in a voice that carried, cross that they hadn’t chosen a better time, so as I could be present too.
When I turned, I found both the Second Born and L& m staring at me.
“What? I asked, smiling sheepishly. “I was talking to the mynas. They are having a fight just when I started on breakfast! I want to take pictures.”
Both of them rolled their eyes. heaved sighs of relief and went back to eating.
Anyways, later on, standing on the terrace, I saw a myna on the roof below. Something looked different. Oh yes. It had a wing all askew. Probably one of the participants of morning’s fracas, maybe the winning one even, who could say? It was walking around proudly, strutting around rather, unmistakable signs of someone who got the better of the others. Here are some pictures.
©Shail Mohan 2017
These interesting birds, known here as the Common Myna, were introduced to South Africa some time between 1900 and 1902 and have multiplied so successfully that they are regarded as one of the worst alien invasive species here,as they compete aggressively with indigenous species of birds. They seem to be more common in places with a high density of human population. It is good to see them ‘at home’ though.
Nidaa C. said:
I am not an Aww girl. But I cannot help it. Look at it, proudly displaying the battle wound