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Ruppells Long-Tailed Starling

Ruppells Long-Tailed Starling
Photo Information
Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-11 4:01
Viewed: 5758
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Captured in Tanzania, 20D @ 400mm, handheld.

The Ruppells Long-Tailed Starling is an iridescent, dark purple-blue starling, with a long, graduated tail and creamy-white eyes. The head and neck are darker, sometimes with bronzy sheen. Saxes are similar, and immature is brownish with a shorter tail.
Mostly found in pairs or small groups in acacia woodland and Savannah country.

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Great bird and great picture!!
Lovely colors, details and BG.
Well done, Ralf !!


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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2006-09-11 4:19]

Very nice captured and framed bird, Ralf!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-09-11 5:40]
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Very beautiful bird with great colors. You managed to capture it very well, great focus, framing, sharpness, POV and DOF. TFS Ralf.

Hi Ralf, Excellent sharpness and colours in this capyure. I like the blue colour very much. Murray.

Hello Ralf, very beautifull and colorful photo.
I like the blueish glow on the bird.
Very well done!
greetings Jan-arie

Hi Ralf,
An amazing shot on this very beautiful Starling. The light quality is superb here. A spot on exposure has rendered beautiful colors and tones, and intricate detail shown in the plumage. Outstanding seperation from the backround. Excellent camera work!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-11 9:36]

Wow, what a brilliantly coloured Starling! I've seen the Glossy but this is even more spectacular! Beautiful sharp shot against wonderful light.
TFS, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-11 10:07]

Hello Ralf,
What a jewel of a bird to photograph and you captured it extremely well in all respects. Congratulations!
Thanks for sharing this shot and the info.
Regards, Ivan

This bird is so beautiful
Excellent capture, superb composition, crystal clear detail and colours.

Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-11 14:18]

Hi Ralf

What a beautiful shot, the detail is excellent and so sharp, the colours are lovely and you have captured the Blue perfectly.

TFS Hilary :)

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