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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): vanderschelden's birds, Blue Things, Kruger National Park 2, Birds of South Africa 2, Vanderschelden's Africa, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-30 7:10
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Starling is common in Kruger National Park.
Often I had the opportunity to photograph this bird.
The keeper ratio was very low; the deep black and the metallic blues are very difficult to photograph. Another problem was the DOF with the 400mm.

Concerning the identication there's also a problem.
Just like the 'yellow' weavers there are very similar species. Here we have the 'blue' Starlings.

There are 5 species actually if I refer to The Kruger National Park map.

Burchell's starling
Red-winged starling
Long-tailed starling
Cape glossy starling
Greater blue-eared starling

Checking the above mentioned Kruger Map I would say this is the Burchell's starling. On the other hand a wiki image is indicating this is the Cape glossy starling.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
9/10/2007 17:23:21
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

Used Lightroom 1.3 trial version for post processing and edited a bit in Photoshop CS2 as well.

This is almost the end, my friend; talking about 2007; wish you a great party...

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-30 7:53]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful shot with amazing blue coloured plumage with very impressive sharpness. Superb lighting, exposure and DOF. The BG looks great too. That eye is just so gorgeous. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos. TFS.

Hi Annick,
This South African Starling is very different from the ones we have here! This is very close and sharp, well exposed and composed. It is not easy to captured good details on this kind of colors. This is really well done! Thanks,

Hello Annick,

Perfect as all your pictures from Kruger National Park. For me is difficult to comment on exotic species like this one… didn’t know anything about it before you posted here. All I can say: a very interesting bird and a perfect presentation. I’ hope I’ll read a book about your trip one day.

Regards, Mario

That is a Starling? wow! I guess I didn't know what they looked like. Somehow I had thought there were smaller and not so coloured. Amazing...I certainly have not seen one. And here again Annick you use that shallow depth of field well to your advantage..my goodness you are good at this! Very good show sir!

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-12-30 8:35]

Hi Annick,
a nice photo with great blue colors to finish a lovely year with plenty of great photos all over the world,
Happy New Year and best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-30 8:41]
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Hello Annick,
Another excellent Glossy Starling image from you, superb in all respects.
The black ear patch rules out Cape and Burchell's has black eyes, so I would say that this is another Greater Blue-eared, even though the colours here are different from the one you posted a while back, owing to another angle.
Thanks and I wish you a Happy and successful New Year.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-30 8:47]

Hello Annick,
I love the color of this starling, what an amazing blue. Your composition is nice with perfect camera work. Thanks Annick and Happy New Year.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-30 8:58]

Hello Annick, perfectly composed shot of a beautiful blue Starling ! Great details and colors, well done ! Thanks, happy new year !


Hi Annick,
this colour is marvelous - it must be fantastic to see this bird flying.
Thanks for all your beautiful shots during this year, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-30 11:51]

Hi Annick. A very colourful bird this is. you have once again captured it with fine detail and good natural colours. a nice POV. well done TFS.
A Happy New Year To You .

Your efforts paid off very well Annick, I think the subtle metallic blue colortones R excellent here :)
Nice & sharp too..
Happy New Year!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-30 13:48]

Hello Annick
What a beautiful bird.Colors are outstanding.As usual very sharp iamge whit excellent details.I also like the pose of your subject.I would like to thank you for all the great image you had show us this year.
Happy new year and TFS Michel

Fine shot of this Starling, Annick. The color is stunning.
Excellent detail and comp as usual.
Happy New Year!

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2007-12-30 14:02]

very nice image with beautiful colours, the eye of the bird seems to look at you, good job

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-30 15:17]

Hi Annick,
You did a good job despite the difficulties. The metallic blue plumage looks so vibrant and beautiful. Good details, POV, and composition. TFS
Wishing you all the best for the New Year

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-30 16:17]

Hello Annick,
Wonderful capture of this beautiful Starling.. Great colors and details, superb sharpness and well composed image.. Very well done my friend, and Have a wonderful and blessed New Year.

Greetings from Arizona, Everton.

Hi Annick,
Beautiful shot of this Starling, the colours is so vibrant, excellent detail and what an eye color just beautiful, all the best for 2008, Cheers Rick :)

hello Annick

excellent shot of this amazing starling,
nice details of his plumage, i like the contrast
that is doing his eye colour form the rest of his body,
and excellent pov and framing of the image, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-30 17:19]

Hola Annick.- Exelent sharpness and great focus of this image. I like the blue colors of the bird and this eyes too in yellow, the pose and Bg are also very nice.


Happy New Year 2008. This bird is very beautiful in her blue feather. I like the contrast that makes the eye yellow on blue. The DOF used highlights the bird.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-31 5:11]

Hi Annick

Your Starlings are a very different from ours. Wonderful feather colours. Perfectly sharp, great POV and excellent DOF. Lovely shot

All the best for 2008



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-31 5:39]

Wow Annick,
Dit is weer zo'n foto waar ik sprakeloos naar kan kijken. De details zijn zo perfect!, de kleuren zo natuurlijk! Deze spreeuw heb ik ook enkele malen gefotografeerd, maar zat altijd te knoeien met het felle zonlicht en de donkere partijen in de veren. Maar dit is echt schitterend.
Ik wens je al het beste in 2008 en hoop ook het komend jaar weer zo van je foto's te kunnen genieten,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-31 6:01]

Slightly different to the Starlings we get here! wow, what a great looking bird, perfect composition and lovely detail my friend, a very happy new year to you!

Ciao Annick,
grazie per le meravigliose immagini che ci regali ogni giorno e per i tuoi commenti, sempre molto graditi.
Ti auguro un felice e sereno 2008.

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  • JYB Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 84] (916)
  • [2007-12-31 7:52]

Hi Annick,
Colors of bird are really splendid. Typical pose but very well captured. Lots of details and the blurry yellowish branches in BG contrast very well with the subject. Tanks for all your posts over this year.

Happy New Year and best regards,

Bonjour Annick
Très belle prise, couleurs et netteté sont extra
une belle réussite.
Meilleurs Voeux pour 2008
Amicalement Robi

Ha Annick,

Fantastiche plaat
kwalitatief weederom uitmuntend (zoals al uw foto's)
Ik wens u en uw familie een hele fijne jaarwisseling en heel veel geluk en gezondheid voor 2008

TFS Thijs

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-04 4:02]

Ha Annick,
geweldige kleuren. Ik heb ook vele van deze glossy starlings gezien rondom de 'koffiestations' in kruger. Deze staat er wel zeer fraai op.

amazing bird, great composition, TFS Ori

Beautiful shot. The colours, shapness, DOF, all look great.

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