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Greater Blue-Eared Starling

Greater Blue-Eared Starling
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes, Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-08-21 9:50
Viewed: 1053
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had photographed this 'Greater Blue-Eared Starling' in Kruger National Park. She was busy to make a nest for her little ones. Light wasn't in my favour so here you can't cherish the beauty of its feather colours.

The different species of glossy blue-green starling are best distinguished in good light. This bird has the most lustrous colour of them all. As the name indicates, the side of the head are dark. The belly and flanks are royal blue, you could see.

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Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful metallic colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Srikumar

Wonderful photography, with very fine lateral POV,
wonderful color tones of the bird and bokeh of the background,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-08-21 15:42]

Hello Srikumar,
What a beautiful bird indeed with gorgeous iridescent colors to its plumage. I love the clean softly blurred BG. Excellent detail and wonderful eye contact. Top Quality!!

Hello Srikumar,
A very nice specie captured with excellent details, colors and focus. I like this colorful specie. Interesting blue colors.....
Thanks for sharing!

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2017-08-22 5:07]

Nice sharp capture, I like the background

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-08-29 11:18]

Hi Srikumar,another top class pic,this time this metallic blue beauty with the food in the beak,impressive quality of the plumage colors,not easy,and the usual top sharpness. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Srikumar,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Greater Blue-Eared Starling. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Srikumar,
This is wonderful even without sunlight. Probably the metallic blue feathers might be more spectacular in sun - but the lateral PoV is fantastic, such as sharpness. Great background blur as well. Probably, if you increase saturation and contrast a touch, you can get almost similar effect than the lacking sunlight. Just an idea, obviously.
Kind regards, László

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