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Hildebrandt's Starling

Hildebrandt's Starling
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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: 2005-08-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-14 8:51
Viewed: 4180
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hildebrandt's Starling captured in the shadow of the trees somewhere in Tanzania on the way to Serengeti, 20D @ 400mm, handheld.
This shot was really dark from the beginning and reason for that was that bird was in deep shadow and my flash was without battery :( This days technology like Photoshop can give you loot of help :) and this is result as you can see in my post.

I promise to show you whats the different between Hildebrandt's Starling and Superb Starling (one of my last post).

Bird is found between 1000-2000m, although may be seen as low as 600m, in open bush and wooded areas mostly in the south of the Kenya although they do get as far north as Maralal.

Hildebrandt's Starling is often found feeding in mixed flocks with the Superb Starling. While superficially similar to the Superb, the adults can be distinguished by eye colour (red in Hildebrandt's, creamy-white in the Superb) and breast band (the adult Superb has a white band across its chest).

Hildebrandt's Starling is a ground feeder taking beetles and grasshoppers but it will also eat seeds. It feeds in small family groups or pairs. It nests in tree cavities and has 2 breeding periods, March to May and October to December.

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Ciao Ralph, wonderful photo, great sharpness, beautiful colors, lovely details, expecially of the eye, interesting note very well done, ciao Silvio
PS thans for the ws, I like it

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-14 9:11]

Hello Ralf,
Brilliant close-up! Very sharp focus and lovely contrasting black/blue orange colours (probably best without a flash!?) The bright red eye is fantastic. Really great against the light background.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Ralf,
what a beauty you have captured. The red eye is magic on this colourful bird. Well composed and good POV.
The colours are lovely.
En mycket vacker bild.


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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2006-12-14 9:50]

Hi Ralf
Very beautiful bird with nice details and colours. Useful notes.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-14 10:38]

Hej Ralf,
Another excellent African starling shot of a species once again new to me.
Though you migh have lost a little reflected colour this shot does not appear to have suffered from the lack of flash and your PP work is excellent.
Great sharpness, comp and BG
Mycket fint!
Hälsningar, Ivan

Hi Ralf,
This is a WONDERFUL capture! Very good composition. Excellent focus and POV.

pieknie ubarwiony ptak, slicznie sie ustawil i tlo zagralo w tym ujeciu

Hi Ralf,
Good compo and colors.
Honest and good note..

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-14 16:39]

Hi Ralf
Good shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, BG, light and POV.
Well done


Hi Ralf

Love the colour tone. Nicely composed. Looks great against the OOF BG. Very nice work. TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-16 15:20]

This bird is SO beautiful, Ralf. : )
I just love the colors. That orange and black make a striking contrast.
Super sharp details, well saturated colors, great POV.
TFS. : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-04 5:03]

Hi Ralf, what an attractive bird. I like his orange/ brown colours, and his brilliantly coloured eye. Well captured, TFS

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