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Superb Starling


Superb Starling
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-19 8:55
Viewed: 6409
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) is a member of the starling family of birds. It can commonly be found in North East Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Description
This species is 18 to 19 cm (7 to 7.5 inches) long. Adults have black heads and iridescent blue-to-green back, upper breast, wings, and tail. The belly is red-orange, separated from the blue breast by a white bar. The undertail coverts and the wing linings are white. Juveniles have duller plumage with no more than a suggestion of the white breast band. Their irises are brown, later grayish white, eventually the adult's cream-color.

Habitat
Open scrub and woodland, including gardens and cultivated areas, most below 2200 m.
This species feeds on the ground.

Status
Common

Voice
The Superb Starling has a long and loud song consisting of trills and chatters. At midday it gives a softer song of repeated phrases. There are several harsh calls, the most complex of which is described as "a shrill, screeching skerrrreeee-cherrrroo-tcherreeeeeet."

(Sources: Wikipedia and ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’ by I Sinclair and P Ryan)

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2008-09-19 9:07]

Very nice colour and light.
TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-19 9:26]

Hello Peter,
A striking image of a striking bird!
A superb sharp capture of the Superb starling taken sharply from a fine low POV.
Amazing how its breast matches the red earth and yet the rest of the bird contrasts so well with the red earth BG.
A well composed attractive shot and thanks for sharing it.
Have a good weekend,
Regards, Ivan

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-19 9:53]

Merhaba Peter,
Fantastik renkleri olan bu kuşun bir o kadar etkileyici bir karesi. Tüm detaylar enfes. Eline sağlık.

Hüseyin

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-19 9:57]

Wow, Peter, very true - this starling is superb! Fantastic colours, especially on this desert BG. I believe this orange colour is typical for Africa. Very nice, proud pose also.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-19 10:02]

Hi Peter,

This beautiful Superb Starling jumps right out of the picture. I've never seen this striking looking bird before. Colors are magnificent. Superb details of the face, plummage and wings. The white eye on the black face is fantastic. The monochromatic background (which blends so well with the bird) is perfect.

Jane

amazing colours, TFS Ori

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-09-19 10:24]

hello sir
beautiful picture of this bird which i had never seen it before

TFS

Hi Peter,
What a charming colours has the bird. The exposure is good for the sense of depth. Congr.
Selnur

Hallo Peter,
Mooie vogel en goed gefotografeerd. Heel kleurrijk en net dat is juist het grote verschil met zijn soortgenoten, denk ik.
Misschien daarom dat ze deze vogel 'Superb' noemen?
In ieder geval 'superb' voor jouw dat je hem hebt kunnen fotograferen in Ethiopie.
Wat ook echt opvalt is de rode aarde. Alles wijst erop dat ook deze vogel duidelijk niet in de Lage landen is gefotografeerd:-).
Bedankt en een goed weekend!
Annick

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-19 10:44]

Hello Peter,
Brilliant capture of this Starling in wonderful bright colours. I like its watchful pose and the red soil makes it really stand out. Interestng note too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-19 10:48]

Hi Peter. What a colourful bird this one is. You were able to see many on your trip . Good bright colours and detail in the feathers. Your POV lets us see the markings so well. TFS. good notes too.
Nick..

Have a good weekend.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-09-19 11:01]

Hola Peter, el color del pájaro es espectacular, una toma muy bonita con una buena exposición.
Un saludo

Hi Peter,
As its name this capture is also superb. Very well composed with sharp details and a lovely POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ha Peter,

Geweldig shot van deze driekleurglansspreeuw
de compositie en kleuren zijn fantastisch
POV en DOF zijn prima

TFS Thijs

:) wowww... Peter this Superb Starling and your shot realy superb my friend! Hi Nick, a fine shot with great details, superb DOF and amazing atractive colours. Many thanks for sharing this and Have a happy weekend my friend!
Cheers,

Bayram

Hello Peter.
More a beauty of image!
Fine sharpness and details.
The metallic coloration of this delicate bird is simply fantastic!
Congratulations for superb quality photographic!
Regards,
José Roberto

Hello Peter

Well what amazing colours,i have never seen such a bird, very well composed applying the rule of thirds means this image is nicely balanced. Good sharp detail and colour saturation. Excellent informative notes too.

TFS regards Helen

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-09-19 16:35]

Hi Peter,
What a beautiful bird!
The lovely blue shades really stand out from the bg.
Excellent sharpness and great composition
Very well done
Lise

Hello Peter

A beautiful and colourful bird.
The plumage is wonderful.
Excellent focus and detail.
The colours are well saturated,good use of lighting.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.
Wolf

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-20 2:41]

Hi Peter

No wonder they call this bird the Superb Starling :)
With such impressive, contrasting and even iridescent colors in its plumage, it deserves it!
You managed to capture all that very well here and especially because the rest of the picture is a bit plain, the bird stands out very well. The DOF is also great and keeps the starling in very accurate focus, while the composition is classic and it works well, with plenty of room in front of the subject.

Bravo and TFS
Horia

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-20 5:19]

Hello Peter,
Superb is the right word for this colorful bird. You have seen so many interesting creatures in Ethiopia, I just envy you.
I also like the way you took the picture, leaving a lot of space around the starling and showing this wonderful red soil.
Merci
Anne

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-20 10:17]

Hello Peter,

Very well-composed picture. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Great light. Splendid vivid colours. The colour of the ground matches very well the colours of this bird.
Cheers,
Mariki

The starlings colors really jump out and say, "hey, notice me!" and you know, it worked!

I love the empty space to the left, the way he's looking, and the vibrant colors that decorate his feathers. Also, there's the definite detail of his eye - and he's not looking at you!


Excellent pose, contrast, and overall composition.
Kathy

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  • JYB Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 84] (916)
  • [2008-09-20 10:59]

Hi Peter,

Dimple comment, ery very nice galery. Thanks. JYB

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-20 11:24]

Hi Pater,
Outstanding shot of this gorgeous looking bird with such lovely iridescent colours on its plumage. Very neat and sharp image with spot-on focus. The red soil provides nice contrast and the lighting is so beautiful. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.
Sumon

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-20 14:11]

Hello Peter! Wow! A great subject perfectly well photographed with talent and good technique, well done, I love it! The red dirt is awesome, well done, thanks!

Mario

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-09-20 19:37]

Hello Peter,

Beautiful bird, beautifully taken. TFS,
SUPERB!

best regards,
/Redzlan/.

Hello Peter
it is really superb starling, with amazing beautiful plumage. Your post also great with focus, POV, eyes contact and composition. Thanks. well done
Ahmet

Hi Peter,
Very beautiful portrait of this cute bird.Very colorful image.TFS.
Cheers,
Groeten,

hAyAti

Ciao Peter, elegant little bird with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-21 13:00]

Hi Peter,
Color and contrast are very good. Good background, nice low POV, composition, color tones and details. TFS
Greetings,
Selen

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-21 13:23]

This is a really spectacular bird, and the background color is just right for it. Nice job! Gary

This starling is soooo beautiful...You keep out doing yourself, Peter!
Superb shot!
Goldy

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-22 0:40]

Hello Peter,
very nice capture of a very beautiful and attractive bird. the background is very nice, too. thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-22 4:11]

Hi Peter,how is nice this bird!!The colors are a great spectacle,need a top photographer like you to show so perfectly! My best compliments,excellent work,have a nice week,Luciano

hello Peter

between your newest post and this one i choosed this one
because here is better the image framed horizontaly,
and WOW ! what a great contrast between the bird's colour tone
and the bakcground's (ground's) colour tones,
fine POV, DOF and framing, excellent sharpness and details,

TFS

Asbed

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-26 21:29]

Dear peter,
A glorious capture that is bursting with the vibrant colours of the bird and its habitat.I think the environment around makes it look even more striking as the colour contrasts come out very well.
The shot is rich and with excellent details showing one of the most colourful birds on this earth.Superb sharpness . The composition placiong the bird on the right corner is very appealing to the eye.

Thanks a ton for sharing
Cheers
Silpa

Brilliant capture of this Starling in wonderful bright colours.

Hi Peter,
Mooie vogel en goed gefotografeerd. Heel kleurrijk en net dat is juist het grote verschil met zijn soortgenoten, denk ik.
Misschien daarom dat ze deze vogel 'Superb' noemen?
In ieder geval 'superb' voor jouw dat je hem hebt kunnen fotograferen in Ethiopie.
TFS
**MAB**

Hello Peter,
This is a great capture with a bautiful bird. I have take a look of your portfolio, he is superb.
Regards
Pierre

Great Shot

hi peter
very good shot and nice color
im love position

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