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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-10 14:04
Viewed: 4323
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It has been absolutely tipping it down with rain today so instead of going out I just opened by backdoor and pointed my camera out into my back garden. The light was terrible due to the weather so I didn't get much but I thought the markings on the starlings were quite attractive.

Information from the RSPB website:

Starling: Sturnus vulgaris

Smaller than blackbirds, with a short tail, pointed head, triangular wings, starlings look black at a distance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. Their flight is fast and direct and they walk and run confidently on the ground. Noisy and gregarious, starlings spend a lot of the year in flocks. Still one of the commonest of garden birds, its decline elsewhere makes it a Red List species.

Where does it live?

Open woodland and woodland edges, hedgerows, parks and gardens - wherever there are suitable trees with nest holes. Spends the winter in a wide range of habitats, from arable fields to pasture, in gardens and parks, and on the seashore. Large feeding flocks collect into even larger roosting flocks in plantations and reedbeds, and on cliffs and buildings.

Where to see it
Conspicuous and widespread in the UK, occurring everywhere except for the highest parts of the Scottish Highlands. They are most abundant in southern England and are more thinly distributed in upland areas with moorland. Still the UK's commonest garden bird. Huge roosts are found in plantations, reed beds and city centres.

What does it eat?
Insects and fruit.

What does it sound like?
Gives a short 'chip' of alarm; song is a mixture of warbles, trills, whistles and rattles

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-10 14:29]

Hi Karan,
Your black & white photo gives a touch of art to the rainy day. Lovely spoted bird captured with great details from every pov. Your garden has much more posibilities than my balcony:-)
Best regards, José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-10 14:57]

Hello Karan

Although a bit of a nuisance bird,the plumage can be quite colourful.Your B&W rendering is very well done.The composition is very nice,and the three shots are each well focused and compiled.Nicely done.TFS


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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-02-10 15:17]

Hi Karan,
Despite the bad weather (sorry to hear and know it well!) you have done an excellent job in capturing such good detail of their beautiful markings.A nice idea putting a selection of different angles and poses.Hope the weather improves and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Regards, David

Very good colaj and very good presentaion of this posing sterling.
Why did you choose B/W presentation?

Hey Karan,

Nice collage here. I like it in black and white, very artistic. The bottom photo is my favourite of the three.
When we have to change our normal way of shooting it can actually force us to take pictures we might never have thought of or considered. So well done in persevering and making the most of it!


Hola Karan,
Buen trabajo muy detallado con gran nitidez, todas las tomas son excelentes. Saludos

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-10 17:33]

Buen trabajo Karan, le elección en b/w es perfecta, y atractiva presentación...
buenos detalles... saludos

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-11 3:16]

Hi Karan,

A not so often seen but well compiled B&W composition
maybe I have a try once as well to shoot in B&W,well done and TFS


Hi Karan, lovely composition of B&W photo with wonderful bird, very well done, have a nice sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Karan,
Interesting presentation of the starlings. Looks like a scene from a Hitchcock movie, tough they are very different from the crows :-) Starlings are really beautiful birds, metallic colours and white spots make them amazing, though you posted it as a wb.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-02-11 7:08]

Hi Karan,
It looks like your black and white photo brings out the spots on the starling even more. Very nice collage with good compositions.
TFS Paula

Hi Karan,
Wonderful capture and collage of this starling.
Nice B/W choice.
Well done.

Hello Karen

Very nice triplet of this little beauty. Very good sharpness and dof in each picture. The composition is a little tight and put the bird almost in the centre. The B/W works great but with such a colourful bird it is almost a shame:-0). Very good and informative note.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-11 9:51]

A great idea and a great result, Karan!
These b&w photos are terrific and very moody!
I like them a lot.
I also like the presentation and and the note.
The details on everyone of them are terrific and the sports seem to stand out much better this way.
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TSF

Yet another great collage, but each shot is a beauty in its own right.

If I ever submitted a collage, would that be copying or homage?


Hello Karan,
I see many of those guys here too. What amazed me most about them is those different noises they could do, they are stunning. They imitate cats!!! Did you know that? I heard them doing it many times :) These are nice captures of those birds that I don't particularly like but that I enjoy to listen too :) Details, POV and composition are good on all the pictures. Good use of B&W too. Thanks!

Bonjour Karan
Félicitation pour cette superbe composition. Ces trois prise en noir et blanc de ces étourneaux sont parfaites sur ce panier et la netteté est très bonne.
Merci pour l'envoie er bravo....JP
Les sourires demain

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-13 13:43]

This collage is very clever indeed and really shows off the details of this lovely bird to their best advantage

Hi Karan,
Looks like you had a simular weekend to mine. Forced to stay inside due to the nasty weather. But, you got a back yard and that did gave you this wonderful moment. A collage of three wonderful poses. I like the b/w conversion and the clarity of each shot.

bonjour karan
en passant en noir et blanc, vous avez fait une croix sur les reflets verts et rosés du plumage,il fallait oser!
je n'ai pas encore eu d'etourneau cet hiver sur les mangeoire mais j'aime bien cet oiseau.
belle composition.

Hello karan !
This bird is really gorgeous, with all the white spots on the dark plumage. Even with bad light you managed to get 3 excellent pictures. details, composition, greyish colors and exposure are excellent, and I like the way you have assembled them in one single picture. Very well done !

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