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European Starling

European Starling
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikon AFS 300mm F4+1.4TC
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-12-30 11:13
Viewed: 3300
Points: 14
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A flock of European Starlings (Sternus vulgaris) is passing through our area and raiding my suet feeder.

European Starling

All of the 200 million European Starlings found in North America today are descendants of approximately 100 birds released in New York City's Central Park in the early 1890s by an industrialist who wanted to establish, in the U.S., all birds mentioned in the works of Shakespeare.
They compete aggressively for nesting sites and may evict the occupants of desired holes, including the woodpeckers that excavated them.
An individual bird can mimic up to 20 species, including Eastern Wood Pewee, Killdeer, and Meadowlark songs.
A group of starlings has many collective nouns, including a "constellation", "filth", "murmuration", "scourge", and "vulgarity" of starlings.

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One of the best pics I've seen of the ES. The only thing that might have made it better was for it to have been taken with some sun to produce the brilliant colors of these beautiful birds. BTW, great camera!!

Happy New Year,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-30 12:32]

Hi Alan,the plmage details of this pic are really fantastics,impossible to make better!! A spectacular capture of this beautiful specie whit the best sharpness and colors despite the difficult light!I wish you all the best for the new year and thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Alan,
Excellent photograph, excellent sharpness, excellent composition, outstanding background and lighting.

WOW! GREAT photo Alan! The composition, the pose, the BG, the colors and the sharpness are excellent!
My best wishes for the New Year!

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-12-30 23:00]

interesting species with wonderful colors. nice closeup. good work. tfs. Happy New Year

Hello Alan,
Although the photo is a bit bluish, it is attractive in superb sharpness, details and a fine pose. I made a workshop, I hope you don't mind.
The best wishes to the New Year for you and your family,

Hallo Alan
A striking image taken from great point of view showing the patterns of the bird's plumage beautifully. This is a real beauty that has a lot of charm to it. Thanks for sharing a super image. Best regards.

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