Photography: Avian Bullying

Bullying, a habitual nature to harm or intimidate someone vulnerable.

I was taking a photo of the mynah, adjusting the zoom, and then fixing the focus manually. It stood tall, scanning the horizon. Looking for its next flight stop I presume. Suddenly a black drongo appeared and perched itself beside the mynah. The mynah immediately cowered in fright. I’ve seen crows bully other birds but never pictured the black drongo to be the bully variety. There wasn’t an attack of any sort, just intimidation. The mynah stayed in the cowered position for a minute or so and then flew off.

“Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.”- Aristotle

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