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Rüppell's Starlng

Rüppell's Starlng
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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: 2008-08-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-12 0:37
Viewed: 4920
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN friends,
Another new one for TN, 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)

The note is a bit short, there isn´t much knowledge about this bird, so you can practice on the dutch name: Blauwe Langstaartglansspreeuw (Blue Long-tailed Glossy Starling)

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Another super picture from your Ethiopean tour, Peter.
This Starling is really beautiful. Look at that white eye!
Great shot, indeed.
TFS and regrds.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-12 0:53]

Hello Peter,
You are certainly regaling us on TN with lots of images of new bird species, which is much appreciated.
This one of a Rüppell's Starling is a fine sharp capture in classic pose and from a great frontal POV taken with excellent technical qualities against a pleasing OOF natural BG.
TFS this wonderful new contribution,
Best regards, Ivan

The best compendial type reference for Sturnidae is "Starlings and Mynas", Feare & Craig. Rather a lot is known about this species, however, it is mostly spread out among lots of periodical publications. Many times books published from non-African authors (Pete Ryan works out of the Percy Fitzpat in Cape Town) will use the common name Rüppell's Long-tailed Glossy Starling so as to avoid confusion with the rather distinctive race (possible spittable in future) rüppellii of Onychognathus morio (which is sympatric in southern Ethiopia).

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-12 1:10]

Hi Peter.
Amazing close-up of a fine bird. Reproduction of the main subject – cute bird and so impressive tree branch is simply outstanding despite the difficult for correct exposure colourstion of the bird. Pose of the bird and framing of the image are spot on and nicely blurred BG is wonderful too. Well done and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-12 1:36]

Hello Peter,
Color and contrast are very good. Good background, nice low POV, composition, color tones and details. TFS
Best regards Siggi

Well composed and captured Peter of this very intent bird. Detail, and DOF very well done. TFS this wonderful image. :)


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-12 9:38]

Hi Peter. If this bird did not have thr purple colours it would be a dull looking bird. But the colours make it stand out. with the bright eye. You have captured a fine close up with good details. A good pose with the head turned to one side. well done TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-12 9:46]

Hello Peter,
Another interesting and very beautiful bird from Ethiopia. Excellent focus on this Starling showing its lovely blue metallic colour. I like its pose and details are very sharp. A fine background too in this beautiful composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-12 10:41]

Hi Peter
exellent image
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Ciao Peter,
splendida cattura di questo uccello dai bellissimi riflessi blu, eccellenti POV e composizione con la bella posa diagonale, ottima nitidezza con uno stupendo OOF BG.

Hi Peter, beautiful diagonal composition with wonderful bird, great focus, fine details and good sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-12 12:39]

Hi Peter,

I will pass on the Dutch name! Congrats on another first for TN. It's so nice to see this Starling for the first time. A very handsome bird with the beautiful white eye and patches of Royal Blue. Excellent details of the face, wings and plummage. I love the pose on the diagonal branch.


Hi Peter,
Very good capture of this Rüppells Starling with good pose and composition, sharp details, bright colours and nice natural blurred BG.

I know of birds as this. they chase all others away from my feeder...but then they get worse...I get no shot of them because my feeder is in the dark area..I had to put it there..I live in public housing...rules in eh US? Ha! I'm lucky I am allowed to even have a bird feeder...crazy gummint. Good shot!

Hello Peter

What a beautiful bird,you excelled at capturing the dark plumage,very good management of the light.
Wonderful plumage detail and colour.
The eye is magnetic,and demands a look.
Great job.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-12 21:33]

Hello Peter,
Splendid composition of this starling with the beautful coloring and great plumage details captured superbly, thank you.

hello Peter,
very beautiful Starling species with shiny colored plumage. Your capture great for this endemic Rüppell's Starling. Focus, POV, eyes contact, colors and diagonal branched composition great. good notes. Danke. have a nice week.

Hi Peter,

Wonderful capture of this Etiopian Starling with great details on plumages. The colours and eyes are great. I like the diagonal composition in this shot as well as the posture of the starling. TFS and have a nice new week my friend!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-13 2:56]

Hello Peter, Perfect shining eyes and a lovely shot. Great clarity Ganesh

Hello Peter,
Lucky capture of this rare and new species, at least on TN,
Very good focus and BG
Well done

Oct 13, 2008

Peter van Zoest, HI. Flawless shot of this starling in tight tall framing exposing the plumage well in shiny metallic look. Top class sharp copy well framed against the silenced background. Very good work and TFS. Best regards. Jusni

Hello Peter,
My congratulation for posting the first one in this site with this beautiful Ruppells starling!
captured real well with a fine pose in total sharpness, very nice colouration and details
very well done

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-13 16:12]

Hi Peter,you know how i think about this fantastic gallery,just my best compliments fot his another top class pic,thanks a lot for your precious work ,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Peter

great shot, sorry its late and I'm off to bed
Great sharpness and TFS


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-10-17 0:07]

Very nice capture with perfect POV.
Well done Peter,best regards.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-17 6:19]

Hi Peter,
Nice portrait of this rüppels starling, I don't remember seeing it before. Good lighting and I like the position of the bird in the frame too. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Peter,
Lijkt sprekend op zijn blauwer broer uit Zuid-Afrika...
Mooi in beeld gebracht, deze Blauwe Langstaartglansspreeuw.
What's in a name?
Bedankt en groet,

  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-10-29 10:36]

Hi Peter.

Excellent portrait, very nice colors,contrast,composition and point of view, good note.


PD. smiley p. later,today no more.

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this exotic starling,
with fine POV and framing, beautiful light,
great focus, sharpness, details, of its dark plumage, TFS


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