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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: 2007-10-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Blue Things II, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2, Annick Vanderschelden Wildlife Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-20 2:52
Viewed: 7971
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 44
[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 movement



The Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling nests in holes in trees, either natural or excavated by woodpeckers or barbets. It will also nest inside the large stick nests of the Sacred Ibis or Abdim's Stork. The three to five eggs are greenish-blue with some brown or purple spots, and hatch in 13-14 days. The chicks leave the nest in another 23 days.

This species is parasitised by the Great Spotted Cuckoo and occasionally the Greater Honeyguide


The Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling is highly gregarious and will form large flocks, often with other starlings. Its roosts, in reedbed, thorn bushes, or acacia, may also be shared.


Like other starlings, the Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling is an omnivore, taking a wide range of invertebrates seeds and berries, especially figs, but is diet is mainly insects taken from the ground.

It will perch on livestock, feeding on insects disturbed by the animals and occasionally removing ectoparasites.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
8/10/2007 09:55:44
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

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Hi Annick
He is posing proudly. Beautiful bird. Great sharp image with good OOF background, good sharpness and nice field guide POV. As always very good job
Best wishes

Hi Annick,

Nice composition and eye contact with this bird and good feather detail. Allways difficult to get the sheen on the feathers coming out properly but you have managed it.


Hi, Annick,

very nice capture of a very beautiful and attractive bird. the background is very nice, too. thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

just amazing! everything perfect!
I fav it!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-20 5:01]

Bonjour Annick,
Très impresssionnant cet oiseau bleu avec des reflets presque métalliques.
Tu as bien cadré ton image et la netteté est fantastique prenant en consodération le ciel presque blanc à l'arrière-plan. Très remarquable aussi l'attitude et le regard de l'oiseau. Image très parlante.
Bon après-midi

Hi Annick,
Excellent capture of this Glossy Starling with good pose and composition, sharp details, bright natural colours, nicely blurred BG and what I especially like is the look with an attitude. Very good work.

amazing bird and amazing portrait (as always), TFS Ori

Hi Annick.
Stunning shot with wonderful detail, DOF and the colour is electric. Great eye contact with his head turned looking back.


very nice capture of a very beautiful and attractive bird.

I might be wrong but thsi is the first blue with a sheen like this that I have added to my Blue Things theme...It is a startling image that jumps up and grabs me. Pulls me in an almost hypnotic way. Don't Bogart that one:-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-20 10:12]

Hello Annick,
Another irrisistable image from you, this time showing the Greater Blue-eared Glossy starling froma good side POV but with its head turned to face the viewer.
great neutral BG and I like the composition with the branch coming out into leaf.
TFS this beauty,

Ok... that color is just too beautiful... and the yellow eyes tying in with the yellow leaves is wonderful. It is really wonderful... you have set the bar pretty high with your safari shots... and now I have expectations of YOU! : )


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-08-20 19:44]

Hello Annick,
Beautiful species presented very stunningly, great work as always Annick.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-21 3:15]

It certainly is a glossy bird Annick.
Brilliant shot - perfect all over. I wish it was mine

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-08-21 3:29]

Hi Annick,

Great picture of this bird.
Great color, background, sharpness, DOF and lighting.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-21 4:46]

That's a stern looking bird you got here Annick, love those eyes, mesmerising! The colours are the thing that stand out above all the other great elements here, well done.

Well done, Annick. I know from experience how difficult it is to get the exposure right when photographing these starlings. You have the bird perfectly exposed.

Ha Annick,

WooW wat een BEAUTY
Perfect belicht shot van een schitterende glansspreeuw
uitstekend van kleur
prima oogcontact

TFS Thijs

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-25 8:56]

merhaba Annick
wonderful capture of this beautiful bird with nice eye contact
i like composition, POV, BG, colours, light and details

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-25 10:33]
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Hallo Annick,
Net terug van 4 weken weg geweest in Ethiopië. Daar heb ik ook veel glansspreeuwen gezien, buiten veel endemische vogels. Een fantastisch land. Deze foto is schitterend in alle denkbare aspecten! Perfecte belichting en scherpte.
Groet en tot ziens,

It must be really nice to see so colourful species in so dry habitats of Africa. Wonderful contrast and vivid tones Annick!
Also BG and sharpness are nice for watching.
All the best from Lodz my Friend!

Dear Annick ,
So nice shot with great focus.interesting mood.
Beautiful colours.
Perfect work

Kind regards

Hi Annick

The colours of this beautiful bird are stunning, and over 2.000 people thought so too.

I think you had a great time photographing South African Wildlife.



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