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Spotless Starling

Spotless Starling
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Hama UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-01 14:04
Viewed: 4586
Points: 36
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Spotless Starling

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Spotless Starling, Sturnus unicolor, is a passerine bird in the starling family Sturnidae. It is closely related to the ubiquitous European Starling, but has a much more restricted range. The genus Sturnus seems to be highly paraphyletic and is likely to be split up soon (Zuccon et al. 2006); this species, like its close relative (which is the type species of Sturnus), would retain their present classification however.
This starling is resident in the Iberian peninsula, northwest Africa, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica. It does not migrate.
Confusion with other species is only likely in winter, when migrant European Starlings may also be present. Adult male European Blackbirds can be easily distinguished by more slender body shape, longer tail, and behavior (they hop instead of walking and do not probe for food with open bills). The adult Spotless Starling species has darker, oily-looking plumage, which is entirely spotless in spring and summer. Its legs are bright pink. Young birds are dull brown, and darker than young European Starlings.
Like the European Starling, these starlings walk rather than hop, and have a strong direct flight, looking triangular-winged and short-tailed. This is a noisy bird, and a good mimic; its calls are similar to the commoner species, but are clearer and higher pitched.
The Spotless Starling is catholic in its choice of habitats, and can be found in any reasonable open environment from farmland and olive groves to human habitation.
Like their commoner relative, these birds are omnivores, taking invertebrates, scraps and berries. This is a gregarious species, forming sizeable flocks in winter, although not of the enormous size of European Starling.
This is a hole-nesting species like most starlings, breeding in tree holes, buildings and in cliff crevices. It typically lays four eggs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-01 14:09]

Hello Jose,
Wow! What a glossy Spotless Starling.
Very sharp image of this fellow.Nice colours too.Excellent BG and light.
Best regards Siggi

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2009-07-01 15:17]

Excelente trabajo con los colores Jose. Buen encuadre, fondo y pose del ave. Algo justo de foco, pero el conjunto tiene excelente presencia.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Olá José!

Cada foto de si mesmo, é melhor que o outro!

Excepcional mestria de luz, as definições da câmara tem sido tratado com grande mestria de vocês!

muito precisos detalhes da estrutura e plumagem do pássaro.

Bela composição.


Good picture Jose, Exposing a black bird with details might be a challenge at times , but you have done it exceptionally well here. The catch light is special
Goutham R

Hi Jose
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-01 23:36]

Very good colours and sharpnes!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-07-01 23:43]

Hello Jose,
great capture!
nice POV!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-01 23:59]

Hola José,
bonito efectos en el plumaje,
foco y excelente encuadre...

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-07-02 0:24]

une tres belle prise!
les couleurs sont magnifiques!
une composition reussie!


hello Jose
particularly beautiful black colour, gives plus in one very good capture

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-02 0:37]

Hello Jose,
Excellent photo of this Starling. Great clear colours and sharp details. The branches are also very beautiful. Good POV, composition and OOF BG.

Hello Jose,

A superb capture of this ultra glossy spotless starling.
Starlings can be hard to capture as their eyes seem to recede and often to not catch light. However, you have done a fine job, here.
Great dof and a nice, off-centre composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-07-02 0:49]

Merhaba Jose!
Çok güzel ve farklı bir Sığrcık fotosu paylaşmışsın. Detaylar enfes. Tebrikler.


Hi Jose,

superb capture of this beautiful bird. Nice bright image with great details and awesome background. The reflection of sunlight from the feathers of teh bird making this very beatiful. Lovely photo.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-02 3:04]

Hello jose
One of the best photos with this species. Excellent details, clear Bg and beautiful colors.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-02 5:18]

Bonjour Jose,
J'aime beaucoup cette image par sa composition et ses belles couleurs.
Un magnifique arrière-plan met bien en valeur ce bel étourneau au plumage luisant. Je ne connaissais pas cet étourneau unicolore. Un grand merci.
Meilleures salutations

Hello Jose
A great image of this Spotless Starling taken in a great pose on this branch full of lichens, superb details and colors, wonderful contrast with the plain BG
superb composition
Have a good night

Ciao Jose. Eccezionale il dettaglio sul piumaggio nero dello storno. Non facile da ottenere così bene. Perfetta gerstione della luce. Complimenti.


Ciao Jose, splendid moth with fantastic black plumage, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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