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Rüppell's Starling

Rüppell's 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: 2008-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-17 11:51
Viewed: 6019
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear TN friends,
This is my second photo of the Rüppells Starling, lamprotornis purpuropterus.

Endemic to NE Africa in parts of Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, South through Uganda and Kenya to Tanzania.
A large (30 – 36 cm), long-tailed glossy starling with pale eyes. Less brightly coloured and iridescent than Splendid and Purple glossy starlings, with a much longer, graduated tail. Juveniles duller with dark eyes.

Open woodland, farmland, old cultivation and around human habitation.

Local resident.

Variable harsh shrieks and whistles, with some very parrot-like screeching.

(Sources: Birds of Sahara, South of the Sahara by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan / Collins Field Guide: Birds of East Africa, by J.G. Williams and N. Arlott)


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-17 11:56]

Hi Peter. This is what you call a brightly coloured bird. I like the shine on theblue feathers, which you have captured with good detail. The amazing white eye stands out . well done TFS.

Hi Peter,
what a phosphorescent colour; just at the right moment you have captured this bird, good sharp.
TFS. Greetings from Italy.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-17 12:18]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful capture.Pose of bird,colors and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this Rüppels Starling with a piece of food; good pose and composition, sharp deatails, shiny colours and good timing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-17 12:49]

Hi Peter,

There is nothing subtle about this Starling! Those blues are amazing and with the black he is just striking. The beautiful big white eye calls even more attention to him. Great timing to get him with the big chip in his mouth and the tail raised. Colors and details of this flashy looking bird are wonderful.



That is a super colorful bird! Incredible. You've captured him quite nicely - I really like the contrasts between the dark blue plumage and the bright eye. Looks... very interesting and sure different than anything I am used to. TFS.

Best Regards,


Hi Peter,
wow - I would love to see such a bird with my own eyes. This blue feathers are beautiful.
Thanks, very pretty
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-17 13:37]

Hi Peter!

This bird looks slightly weird to me :-) Colours are very intense and this zombie-eye :-) But seriously - nice capture. Great action shot, perfect moment and very interesting subject.

wonderful capture Peter !
very beautiful colours , perfect light and details , great contrast ,
well done !

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-17 14:16]

Hello Peter

An excellent pose here - it shows the spirited nature of the bird. Nice colours too.


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-01-17 15:03]

nice bird posture

Hello Peter

This is an incredible coloured bird.It looks a bit like a prop from a movie.
Excellent capture with wonderful plumage detail.
The orange food in it's beak contrast nicely.
Very good POV.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-01-17 20:55]

Incredibly beautiful plumage on this Starling Peter,
The shape of the bird reminds me somewhat of our grackles here in Ohio. Composed nicely and in a great pose. Well done!!

Hello Peter !
Wow, wonderful bird, such a fantastic plumage - I love this metallic blue color so much ! I also like the pose in which you have capture the bird, and with something in its beak - great timing ! Very well done !

Hi Peter, an another excellent shot of this beutifully coloured Ethiopian straling with lovely posture. i like its B%W eyes:) wonderful...
TFS MF and have a nice Sunday!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-18 2:09]

Hello Peter,
A fine shot of this spectacular starling, the Rüppell's, taken in a well timed shot to capture a great pose with a morsel in its mouth. It shows nice and clearly against the ground and the colours are amazing.
TFS this beauty,
Best wishes,

Hi Peter, lovely bird with fantastic metallic colors, I like eating pose, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful starling bird. Very good details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Peter
Great capture of the shining metallic blue colour!
Well done and TFS

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-18 4:46]

Hi Peter,
Fine action captures even as the bird strikes the pose.The mvement is evident from the slight motion registed in the plumage of the starling.Their eyes have a rivetting natural quality mush like those of the warbler's. THe colours of the bird stands out very well.It must be a joy to watch them in real.
TFS & Cheers

Hallo Peter,

erg mooie plaat met goed laag gezichtsveld.
Prachtige kleuren.


hallo Peter
erg mooi die kleuren
mooie vogel
kan het zijn dat de vogel wat bewoog
ik had hem liever wat scherper
groetjes lou

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-18 8:33]

Hello peter, This is beautiful and superb. Excellent shot and brilliant. Lovely view and great work. Ganesh

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this Rüppels Starling, amazing pose, nice composition and POV, good sharp and fine deatails.
TFS and Best Regards. Ferran.

Hi Peter,
I would never had picked this brightly coloured bird as a Starling.
It is so different to the small black and white speckled bird we know well in the west.
A very interesting post.
TFS and cheers

Hi Peter,
Wonderful metallic sheen you've shown us, this guy has style :)
Love the pose, great POV of the action..

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