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(Sturnus unicolor)

(Sturnus unicolor)
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Copyright: Jose Diogo (josediogo1958) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 27 N: 1837] (11747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon 1 dx mark 2, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals' Behavior, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-07-17 0:46
Viewed: 1610
Points: 18
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Estorninho-preto, Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)

While in the hide I saw this starling coming to the water.Very cautious ... slowly approach the perch...

"The Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor) is a passerine bird in the starling family Sturnidae. It is closely related to the Common Starling S. vulgaris, but has a much more restricted range, confined to the Iberian Peninsula, northwest Africa, southernmost France, and on the islands of Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica. It is largely non-migratory.
The adult Spotless Starling is very similar to the Common Starling, but marginally larger (2123 cm length; 70100 g weight), and has darker, oily-looking black plumage, slightly purple- or green-glossed in bright light, which is entirely spotless in spring and summer, and only with very small pale spots in winter plumage, formed by the pale tips of the feathers. It also differs in having conspicuously longer throat feathers (twice the length of those on Common Starlings[2]), forming a shaggy 'beard' which is particularly obvious when the bird is singing. Its legs are bright pink. In summer, the bill is yellow with a bluish base in males and a pinkish base in females; in winter, it is duller, often blackish. Young birds are dull brown, darker than young Common Starlings, and have a black bill and brown legs.Confusion with the Common Starling is particularly easy during the winter when Common Starlings are abundant throughout the Spotless Starling's range, but also in summer where their breeding ranges overlap in northeastern Spain and the far south of France.It can also be confused with the Common Blackbird Turdus merula, which differs most obviously in its longer tail and lack of plumage gloss.
Like the Common Starling, it walks rather than hops, and has a strong direct flight, looking triangular-winged and short-tailed. It is a noisy bird, and a good mimic; its calls are very similar to the Common Starling's, but are louder.
The Spotless Starling uses a wide range of habitats, and can be found in any reasonable open environment from farmland and olive groves to human habitation. The highest population densities are in open grazed Holm Oak woods, and in urban habitats such as Gibraltar, where it is common.The population has grown in recent decades with a northward expansion in range, spreading to the whole of Spain (previously absent from the northeast) between 19501980, and colonising locally along the south coast of mainland France since 1983.Like its commoner relative, it is an omnivore, taking a wide variety of invertebrates, berries, and human-provided scraps. It is gregarious, forming sizeable flocks, often mixed with Common Starlings, of up to 100,000 in winter.
Like most starlings, it is a hole-nesting species, breeding in tree holes, buildings and in cliff crevices. It typically lays three to five eggs."(Wiki)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-17 1:26]

Hello Jose.
Well focused with sharp details.The plumage details are excellent.The colour saturation is natural.A wonderful composition .Great POV too.Regards Siggi

Dear Jose,Thanks for sharing this poor little guy.

This disheveled bird looks totally chagrined . I wonder, if it the ringing of his right foot is the reason for it?!
I hate the ringing, collaring etc

It upsets the animals unnecessarily to give some scientist data for their own glory ie presenting a paper...
I have added your work including your excellent notes to my theme "Animals' behavior", and it will be a prime example inviting members to study animal's behavior and not just consider the photographic technique...

Have a nice day,

Ingrid sees its right leg ringed, but I don't, Jose.
It is a very sharp image taken from the hide. The details on its entire plumage are clearly visible from this perspective.
Thanks and regards.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-07-17 8:06]

Hello Jose,
very beautiful species sturnus,nice photo,regards..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-17 8:46]

Bom dia Jose,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this Starling in splendid clarity and colours. Beautiful blurred background. Nice pose with eye contact. Great composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-17 9:20]

Hi Jose,it turn the head only for your and your camera...ehehe..did you call it for the pic? Eheeh...a beautiful capture in a very nice and original pose,fine plumage details and perfect exposure of this difficult dark light.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.Jose,
Beautiful photograph.Nice details with very sharp picture.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hi Jose,
nice bird. Very interesting pose. Excellent point of view. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Beautifully shot bird with natural colors.


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