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Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling

Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling
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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: 2007-10-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Haraprasan's Favs, Blue Things II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-08 3:26
Viewed: 4615
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling, or Greater Blue-eared Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus, is a bird that breeds from Senegal east to Ethiopia, and south through eastern Africa to northeastern South Africa and Angola. It is a very common species of open woodland which undertakes some seasonal movements.

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  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-08 3:42]

Hi Annick,
Colors, patterns, details on the plumage and the eye look great. TFS

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-08 3:52]

Merhaba Annick,
Mavi rengi ve bakışı muhteşem görünüyor.
Çok güzel bir sumun.
Elinize sağlık.

Hi Annick,

Very well captured. The lighting of the feathers on the body is especially well handled

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-08 4:22]

Hello Annick,
Excellent capture of this gorgeous Glossy Starling. Great focus and impressive sharp details. Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • tasos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 14] (167)
  • [2008-07-08 4:34]

Wow! What a bird!
Excellent composition and colors.
The eye is perfect!
Thanks for sharing!


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-08 4:37]

salut Annick
merveilleuses couleurs de cet oiseau. Son oeil jaune est très attractif, le pov bien choisi. Dommage pour le BG gris.


Hi Annick,
Strange name, to me the whole bird is blue and I can't see any ears;o) Good pose and composition, sharp details and bright colours. Good work.

Hi Annick

Great shot of this beautiful starling. Stands out really well on that OOF pale background.
Excellent sharpness
Great composition
Good POV


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-08 6:05]

Hi Annick,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,colors,framing,details and glisten eyes a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-08 6:51]

Hi Annick
Beautiful specie and unknow to me.Colors are outstanding.Pose is lovely and as usual razor sharp image with excellent plumage detail.Great work
TFS Michel

Hi Annick
Stunning shot of this brilliant vivid blue colored starling.love the purple side effects
Crystal clear image
tfs jon

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-08 8:15]

Hallo Annick,
Sorry, ik heb niet veel tijd, maar deze foto is schit-te-rend!

Annick, Such a beautiful bird. Nice colors and eyes. You have flattered the Starling with your wonderful picture.

- Murali

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-08 12:45]

Hi Annick

Excellent pose/POV with fantastic detail in the feathers. You have caught the eye very well too.


Hi Annick,

excellent shot. Very good details. colors are great!



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-08 16:52]

Hola Annick,
realmente hermoso,
preciosa captura y tonos y colores...

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-08 23:43]

The Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling suits him better Annick. It's colours are so glossy, brilliantly glossy.
Awesome capture of this bird. It is so sharp and so eye-catching.
Well done

Hi my friend Annick,
What a interesting and splendid coloured starling! I have not seen before! Excellent -as usual my friend! TFS.


Hi Annick,
Neighbors today. A nice capture of this beautiful starling. Excellent details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-09 4:16]

Hello Annick, what a bright eye looking bird. Superb sharpness and great focus. Ganesh

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-09 4:30]

Hi Annick.
Tremendous reproduction of all details and colour tones of the darkly coloured bird against so light BG. DOF and sharpness of the bird and twig images are ultimate as well as the farming and composition. Bravo. Well done.

Hi Annick
This is simply superb - the detail and colour contrast are better than real-life. TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-09 10:52]

Hi Annick. What a stunning bird this is. The colours are fantastic . you have captured it with fine detail and a good POV/DOF . well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-09 12:07]

Hello Annick,
I can't get tired of seeing your images of these glossy starlings and this one of the Greater Blue-eared is excellent technically and from this POV that shows the violet-coloured flank with a fine pose and great composition.
TFS this beauty,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-09 12:17]

This is one of the most beautiful birds I've ever seen!!
The electric-blue feathers are amazing!
You couldn't have captured this better...
the DOF is perfect, the light is great, I love the composition, the eye-level POV is very effective and the sharpness is mind-blowing!

VERY good work, Annick!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-09 19:10]

What a beautiful bird and what a beautiful shot! Well done Annick on this perfectly done image, thanks!


Hello Annick !
Wow, what an amzing bird ! I love his metallic blue color, and this big yellow eye is truly splendid, and he is sitting so proudly on his branch ! Excellent details, too, beautiful composition and POV, and a great blurred BG to make your bird stand out nicely. Very well done !

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-10 9:42]

Hello Annick

A super capture of this beautiful bird.
The plumage detail and colours are amazing.
Excellent close up pov.
The eye is captivating.
Great job.


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