Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mai the Mynah - Maree Clarkson

"The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself."

"Mai" pencil sketch and watercolour in Moleskine watercolour Notebook

We found a tiny Mynah on the pavement and couldn't see the nest anywhere, so took we took her home and over a couple of weeks watched her grow into a full-fledged Mynah. This sketch was done before she developed the fully black head and glossy brown plumage on the shoulders or the yellow around the eye. She spends most of her time outside hunting insects, but pops in every couple of hours for a snack of bread or some fruit and cheese.

She spent 5 beautiful months with us before mysteriously disappearing one Friday morning. My heart was broken, she was the most wonderful and intelligent pet anybody could wish for.

I know Mynahs are considered pests world wide, but for anybody out there that knows what an intelligent and loving little animal this is with a character that far surpasses that of any parrot, they will understand the feeling of attachment one forms with one of nature's little miracles.

Mai eyeing the birdbath before taking the plunge...

Mai taking a bath.

Fully grown Common Mynah


  1. Fun story and images. Getting to know a bird's personality and habits makes it so easy to enjoy and appreciate them.

  2. So true Vickie, and it also expands our understanding of nature and gives us a glimpse into the wonderful world of birds.


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