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Starling No 2

Starling No 2
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-28 9:45
Viewed: 3154
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken on the same day as my last posting of the Starling . Taken hand held . This was just cropped , resized and the frame added.

A nice weekend to you all.

Starling ( Sturnus vulgaris ) Length 22cm.

This is a familiar urban Bird in Britain and Ireland. And it is also common in rural areas.

Outside breeding season they form large flocks which roost in trees or on buildings.

There numbers are boosted in winter by the influx of continental Birds.

The Adults dark plumage is iridescent in summer and in the winter it acquires numerous white spots.

The Bill is yellow in the summer but dark in the winter.

The Juvenille is buffish brown.

Their varied song inclued clicks and whistles also imitates other Birds and man-made sounds such as car alarms.

siggi, Heaven, crs, volkan, xTauruSx, Janice, jaycee, Argus, eqshannon, boreocypriensis, Dis. Ac., Juyona, eng55, NinaM, jconceicao, uleko, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-28 9:51]

Hello Nicholas

Another wonderful capture from you, my friend!
The details in the plumage of this lovely bird are superb here and the contrast and lighting are impeccably well managed. His colors show through perfectly. Nice sharp details, good pose, and a wonderful BG.
Best regards Siggi

hi Nicholas!
great portrait of this sturnus with
excellent details and texture of plumage
goood use of light

best sERGIO

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-11-28 10:02]

Hi Nicholas!

You present us another beautiful picture of a Starling. The quality of the picture is perfect, I especially like the delightful colour and the great sharpness. Your notes are very interesting and instructive, too.

Kind regards


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-28 10:43]

Hi Nick,
another excellent photo!
Very good colours and light.
Great clarity.

Well done,

p.s I can go on Sunday... Pekka and Vinny will probably come too. Can I have to directions to the show and should we meet there at about 10:30?

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-28 10:50]

Hello Nicholas,

I like the very nice light that you have captured in this photo. Moreover there are very fine reflections of the light in bird's plumage. Image is very sharp showing excelent details of plumage's pattern. The sharp image of the bird stays very nice against the blurry background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-11-28 10:58]

Hi nick,
Wonderful capture of the beautiful starling..
I couldn't have the chance to capture it this year yet..
great colors and details..
Very well done my friend...

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-28 10:58]

Hello Nicholas,
Yine çok güzel olmuş. Bu kuşların ışık altında menevişlenen tüy renklerini çok seviyorum. Emeğine sağlık.


Hello Nicholas, perfect shot of this beutiful starling. Details and composition are wonderful.
TFS and greetings,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-28 11:10]

Helo Nick,
Although the BG is a bit busy, the Starling at itself is perfect. Sharpness, colours and details are splendid. Very pleasant composition and POV.
Have a good weekend too,

Hi Nick, lovely little bird with splendid plumage, fine details and wonderful sharpness, perfect focus and lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-28 12:14]

At times the patterns and colours show up so wonderfully - I wondered if it was their breeding colours.
Superb capture Nick. He is so sharp and the colours and patterns show up so well

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-28 12:39]

Hi Nick,

Another beautiful capture of this Starling. The details of the face, wings and plummage are magnificent. Wonderful colors - I love the irridescent green on the breast. An excellent pose with the bird standing out very well from the background.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-28 12:44]

Hello Nick,
Superb sharpness and great ligting allow this Starling to be shown at his best in his winter plumage and the blurred BG sets him off well.
I can even see what looks like a red parasitic tick in his nostril!
This this fine image,
Have a good weekend,

This one has a nicely balanced look in its colours Nick. I like this bird. Through you and Mario I find it growing on me...but I am not sure if we have any such thing here..

Hi Nick,
A marvelous shot of this beautifully coloured Starling. Great details on its plummages and nice composition.
TFS and have a nice weekend my friend!


Hello Nicholas,
WOW! Great shot of this starling witnh it's winter
plummage, superb sharpness and depth of foield,
fantastic details, beautiful vivid colors, lovely
catchlight, good composition and pov. great job.

Hello Nicholas,

So here have you very good light on the Starling.
The beautiful colours are very good to see trough the sun.
Good close up picture.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-29 0:56]

Hola amigo,
realmente hermosa tu captura,
precioso pov,
y bello plumaje,
exquisito foco...

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-29 6:37]

Hi Nicholas,
Beautiful capture of this starling.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.POV,colors,sharpness are also perfect.
Thanks for posting.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-29 7:13]

Isn't it amazing that these black birds get so beautiful with their irising colours in winter! Superb, Nick, the light is beautiful and the background colours recall the bird's feathers, it is very harmonious and nicely composed too. Thank you!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-29 8:22]

Hello Nicholas, good shot of the Starling with a good light and a fine decor, well done!


Hello Nicholas,

Beautiful capture.
Nice colours with good details.
Focus, definition and sharpness are fantastic.

Hi Nick,
Another very good picture of Starling with amazing colours, good pose, well composed, pin sharp details; the shining plumage with the arrow head patters is very beautiful.

Hi Nicholas,
Un cadrage et un piqué parfaits et un oiseau à la parure de toute beauté!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-01 5:15]

Hello Nick,
Another very fine capture of a shiny Starling nicely in focus. Excellent sharpness, lovely light and beautiful colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-07 6:16]

Hi Nick.
I have small series of the shots of this species. However, I have not any similar. It is fantastic picture of a beautiful bird with terrific reproduction of all its attractive details and features. Colours, sharpness, lights cannot be better. Even busy BG cannot
distract attention from main hero. Bravo. Amazing work.

Yo diría que mejoraste la realidad Nicholas !!!
Has sacado un gran partido a la luz y desde luego el enfoque es muy preciso. Gran profundidad y un acertado fondo. Excelente trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Nicholas.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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