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Sturnus vulgaris

Sturnus vulgaris
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-26 11:49
Viewed: 4701
Points: 44
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Hello everybody !!! Here I am, with a new picture - at last. I have been wanting to post something ever since Christmas, but I have never found the time, but today I found some minutes to upload it.

On the picture you can see a bird I have shot through my living room window. It is a European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). I have a feeder where I am feeding the birds with old nuts, and so far I have 8 species that come eating. It is great to watch them come and go, and to watch how the different species are interacting with each other.

The reason why I have chosen to post the picture of this Starling is very simple : I didn't even know this species was living so close to our house. I had NEVER seen it before. And then suddenly, one cold winter day, a pair appeared out of nowhere at my feeder. I was so excited, I and luckily the baby was in his bed so I could grab my camera and shoot.

The picture is nothing exceptional - first there is this ugly metal bar in the FG, hiding the bird's legs, and then the quality is not the best either. And it was taken through the (not so clean) window, it was definitely too cold outside to open it. I was also afraid the bird would disappear again, so I wanted to be quick. I took several pictures, this is the best, then both birds flew away.

They appeared again the next day, and each day after that, eating my nuts at the window. Then the snow disappeared, temperatures became milder, and they didn't come back. I miss them.

In the WS, you can see a picture taken on the same snowy day... but with a very different subject ! :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-26 11:57]
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Hi Valerie.
It is wonderful that you are here with new picture. These bird leave our country in winter. It is really close to you. Having long telelens It is great luck to get such magnification. Details are great. However, bird does not look like happy one. My warm greetings and best to you and your son.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-26 12:32]

Hello Valérie,
A nice one of a European Starling in winter plumage, probably one that nests in Sweden but overwinters in your area! We don't have them in the winter!
Good lateral POV taken with excellent sharpness and natural colours.
Thanks and kind regards,

bonjour Valérie

une belle photo de cet étourneau, prise par un excellent POV,
excellent focus netteté et détails, j'aimes la lumière de l'arrière-plan,
le catch-light rend la photo toujours meilleure et plus belle,
jolie la photo avec ton enfant, je vous souhaites beaucoup de joie ensemble, TFS


Hello Valerie,

young mother, its a long time ago, all well?
Nice photo from this Sparrow with good of sharpness and pov.
Fine colors.


salut Val
c'est super de voir une nouvelle photo de toi, et même si on ne voit pas les pattes de l'étourneau, la photo est jolie,avec beaucoup de details sur sa tête, tu as très bien captée l'atmosphère hivernale
salut et fais plein de bisous à Denis

Welcome back, Valerie!
It is good to see you posting again. This picture of a Starling taken through the window presents a fine impression of its plumage. The bird seems to be in a thoughtful mood, going by the expression in its eye.
However, seeing you and Denis out there in the snow makes my day. Both of you are looking so very cute! I hope I'm still around when Denis posts his first picture on TN.
Thanks and keep posting.

Only rare pictures are perfect. The part I love is that you caught it in a almost human moment. It is as if I could read it's mind and feel it's old and hunger. Much like St. Francis yes?

hello Valerie
nice to see you back on TN
i like starlings and also your picture with good details and nice naturel colours
greeting lou

Ciao Valerie,
très bon capture de cet oiseau commun, bien que perturbé par la branche, très belle composition par la délicatesse des couleurs et une netteté exceptionnelle.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne journée

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-27 2:34]

Hello Valerie,
very sharp shot of the bird especially on the head. The shiny dark eye is so well seen. The pattern of the feather is so lively.
A nice capture with features well presented.
A big welcome back!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-27 14:58]

Salut Valerie,une photo tres bien realisee' avec une excellente qualite',et je sais combien c'est pas facile captuer les petits oiseaux si proche...ehehe..et aussi un nouveau ami de TN dans le WS,aussi si maintenant il ne parait pas trop content de nous rejoindre..ehehe....merci et bonne journee',Luciano

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-27 23:43]


Great to have you back posting pictures!
I like the composition and detail of the subject.

Dear friend Val,
First: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are a MOTHER. God has granted you a bounty... a trust. Take great care of that treasure.
Lovely image of the STARLING.
What a story [note]... who cares if the window is not PERFECTLY clean. It is WONDERFUL to have you around ... once more.
We will be in Europe in mid-June; am not sure if we will be in France. I'll look up your whole family if we do pass by.
Best and warm greetings from Bernardete and this your servant m.
P.S. I kept a copy of you and your LOVELY HANDSOME child in my files. BEAUTIFUL x 1000 BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-30 14:02]

Hello Valery,
Now you placed a photo and I almost missed it :-( But a beautiful photo in good sharpness, natural colours and depth of view. :-) I hope there comes a lot more.
What a fantastic photo in the workshop of you and your son.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-30 19:48]

Hello Valerie,
For having to shoot through a window, the detail is quite good. It's nice to see you are able to find the time to post, even though you are very busy being a mom these days.
We have European starlings year round here in Ohio. They really are beautiful birds when you see them up close with their iridescent colors bursting forth under the right lighting.
Love the WS image, you can be very proud of such a fine looking son. I see he has blue eyes which is neat, since four of our six grandchildren have blue eyes also.

Bonjour Valérie,

Intéressante photo de cet Étourneau sansonnet. Tu as su arriver à un résultat tout de même satisfaisant en "shootant" à travers la fenêtre. C'est sur qu'idéalement il aurait fallu l'ouvrir ;)

Dommage tout de même pour la grosse branche qui cache les pattes...

Bye et mdp,


PS. Tu peux être bien fière de ton petit bébé que je trouve fort mignon... Bravo!

Ciao Valerie, lovely bird on a wonderful lighting BG, fine details, beautiful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Valerie
Nice photo with good composition and nice colours.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-02-04 10:41]

Bonjuor Valérie,
Very cute.!
Sturnus vulgaris, composition, detail and colors are very nice.
Best wishes,

Sin duda destacaría de este trabajo sus bellas tonalidades.

Un saludo Valerie: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Valérie.
This is such an amazing bird shot and I missed the new addition to your gallery. I like the perch and details in this shot.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Valerie,
You do not seem to be visiting often. Just to say that I came across this image and it is beautiful. Well done and do post more often.

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