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Superb Starling 2

Superb Starling 2
Photo Information
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/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things II, Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-22 5:38
Viewed: 4486
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The same bird as in my last photo, but from another perspective. In this photo you can even more enjoy the metallic glossy colours of the feathers.
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.

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.

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


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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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-09-22 5:53]

Hi Peter
very nice colors a bird
well done.

great subject, very fine contrast and details.
well done

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-22 6:12]

Ha Peter,

Een fraai gekleurde vogel,dit metallic achtige is vaak moeilijk op foto vast te leggen,zeker als het zonnetje er flink op schijnt en ik neem aan dat dit in Ethiopie ook wel vaak het geval was,beide fotos zijn goed,alhoewel mijn voorkeur toch meer gaat naar je vorige upload van deze kleurrijke vogel,bedankt voor de upload en tot de volgende maar weer,groetjes


Hi Peter,

Lovely colours,sharp focus and good detail. this image works well for me with the in focus embankment but the OOF background making the bird really stand out. We do not see this bird this far south so TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-22 7:25]

Hello Peter,
Another excellent capture of the Superb Starling from another POV to show the beauty of this bird in an image of high technical quality.
TFS this beauty,

What a wonderful bird! It is a combination of well coloured and saturated...sharp with a nice sheen caught well by you and eh camera...I shall add this one to my blue themes for user..TFS!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-22 9:23]

Hi Peter,

I'm so glad to see this Superb Starling again. This shot is beautiful too. Colors are amazing and wonderful details of the face, wings and plummage. Lighting, pose, background and setting are all excellent.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-22 9:29]

Hi Peter. This one is catching the light more on its colourful feathers. so many shades of blue. good detail and bright colours. a nice POV/DOF. wel ldone TFS.

Hallo Peter,
Ben nog aan 't bekomen van uw aap.
Ondertussen de Superb starlig 2...
Het blijft een mooie vogel.

Hi Peter,
Another excellent shot of this superbly captured Superb Starling:) with wonderful sharpness, excellent DOF/POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.


Hello Peter,
It's 1 am, and I'm a little too tired so I'm just marking, I'll be back :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-22 20:00]

Hello Peter,
Fantastic species with incredible plumage. Your camera work is spot on Peter, thank you.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-22 21:22]

Hello peter,

This bird has wonderfull colors and you have rendered them very fine. Your photo has been taken from a good POV showing well the pattern of bird's plumage in a good contrast with the background.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Peter,
Another superb capture vith excellent POV and colours.TFS.


Hi Peter,
Another nice capture of this superb starling. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

The word 'superb' with the name of this Starling is very apt, Peter. It is such a lovely bird. I like the metallic sheen on its beautiful plumage. The entire bird has a veriety of beautiful contrasting colours on its body.
Your image is very sharp and taken from an effective POV from where we get the best possible view of bird and its beauty.
TFS and regards.


Very interesting colour shown by the subject. The detail in the pic is good and I like the DOF and BG.

Hallo Peter
A remarkable photo filled with a rainbow of colours. A wonderful composition with the colours in the image complementing one another other nicely. I really like the metallic shine of the feathers, and the white eye gets a definite plus. The details are really great. A beautiful bird, shown to us in a lovely manner. Kind regards

Hi Peter

Spectacular species, great capture. Good sharpness and composition.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-23 9:37]

Hi Peter,this different point of view is great! As the last ,i like a lot the incredibles colors captured so perfectly,great work,my best compliments and thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Peter, my today neighbour, an other great capture of this lovely bird with fantastic colors, splendid focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

Peter, this is an outstanding image. You did a great job capturing this. Have a great day.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-09-23 12:14]

Hello Peter,

Excellent POV to get this lovely bird. The metallic colors is awesome and contrast alot with the burned color ground! The crop seems important because I know we can get much more details on the feathers with the D300. But this bird deserves for sure this nice picture!



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-23 12:19]

Hello Peter,
Another lovely view of this Starling showing the beautiful metallic blue/torquoise colours very clearly. The neutral background makes it really stand out. A gorgeous bird!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hallo Peter,

mooie plaat van deze glansspreeuw die ik ooit in een voliere heb gehouden.
Schittered die kleurschakering vastgelegd.
Ook een mooie dof trouwens.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-23 12:36]

Hello Peter,

A second beautiful picture of this colourful bird. Excellent POV and sharpness. Great detail of the plumage. Wonderful colours.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-23 18:05]

Hello Peter, this one is great too! Sharp with great colors and textures, thanks!


Hello Peter. Nice tall frame capture of this starling on the ground. Beautiful color contrasting well with the earth's background. Sharp details and very nicely framed. Regards. Jusni

hello peter,
what a colorful bird, the bg offers good contrast, liked the way you have composed this shot,
tfs & regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-24 4:35]

Hi Peter, beautiful contrast of colours here, the DOF is excellent and the detaisl are great - well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-24 6:25]

Hello Peter,
Another very good photo of the Superb Starling . Clarity, colors and details on the plumage, POV, lighting and composition are very good. Best regards

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