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Young Starling

Young Starling
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-05 18:40
Viewed: 4360
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae. The name Sturnidae comes from the Latin word, sturnus, for Starling. Starlings occur naturally only in the Old World (Europe, Asia and Africa), some forms as far east as Australia, but several European and Asian species have been introduced to North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

They are medium-sized passerines with strong feet. Their flight is strong and direct, and they are very gregarious. Their preferred habitat is fairly open country, and they eat insects and fruit. Several species live around habitation, and are effectively omnivores. Many species search for food by opening the bill after probing it into dense vegetation; this behavior is called "open-bill probing" or is referred to by the German word "zirkeln".

Plumage is typically dark with a metallic sheen. Most species nest in holes, laying blue or white eggs.

Many Asian species, particularly the larger ones, are called mynas, and the members of the African genus Lamprotornis are known as glossy starlings because of their iridescent plumage. The two species of Buphagus are called oxpeckers.

The shortest-bodied starling is the Kenrick’s Starling (Poeoptera kenricki), at 15 cm (6 inches), but the lightest-weight species is the Abbott’s Starling (Pholia femoralis), at 34 g (1.2 oz). The largest starlings are the mynas of the genus Mino, especially the Yellow-faced (Mino dumontii) and Long-tailed Mynas (Mino kreffti). These mynas can exceed 30 cm (1 foot) and weigh over 225 g (8 oz).

European Starlings are in decline in Europe. However, when introduced to North America they have been a factor in reducing native cavity nesting bird populations (such as Bluebirds and Red-headed Woodpeckers) by competing aggressively for nesting cavities.

Starlings were first brought to North America in the 1890s by Eugene Schieffelin, a wealthy New York pharmacologist and Shakespeare enthusiast. It is said (though no evidence supports this) that his purpose was to introduce into North America all the birds mentioned in William Shakespeare's plays. As starlings receive a brief mention in Henry IV, Part 1, Schieffelin introduced 60 of the birds in Central Park, New York.

Starlings have diverse and complex vocalizations, and have been known to imbed sounds from their surroundings into their own calls, including car alarms, and human speech patterns. The birds can recognize particular individuals by their calls, and are currently the subject of research into the evolution of human language

Notes from Wilkipedia.com

Fisher, blakitan, aido, Mariol, spalaxtr, dew77, SelenE, Debz, angybone, garyfudge, Alex99, fartash, Kaszek, fiyo, deblink, PDP, jaycee, Tamrock has marked this note useful
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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-06-05 18:47]

Hey there Hil,

Beautiful work, nicely captured.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-06-05 19:29]

Belissima foto de qualidade exelente meus parabéns por esta magnifica foto.

Hi Hilary,
Well composed picture. I Like to see some leaves in this picture, even neat totaly blurred BG is also OK. Contrasting colors between this cute little bird and green color of the leaves makes this guy stand out clearly.
Very nice shot.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-06-05 22:41]

Hi Hil,
Excellent clear and detailed image of this rather grumpy looking Starling :-) Great camera work, exposure and focus are perfect. Interesting POV in that it's made for a very interesting background, with the distant sunlit foliage and the closer greenery. I wouldn't have thought of that, I probably would have tried to get to the right to isolate the bird against the sunlit bushes in the distance. That's one of the great things about TN, I can see how other people approach taking a shot and learn from it. Nice work.

hi hilary,
nice capture, sharp image with good details, lovely natural colour tones,
tfs & regards

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-06-05 23:10]

Hi Hil,
Good picture with good details. The bird look a bit different from the Starlings I know.
Is probably a young bird isn’t it?
TFS, Mario.

i Hilary,
Very nice composition and sharpness. Greetimgs. TFS. Mustafa

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-06 2:26]

Hello Hilary,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,pose of bird,details and exposure a lot.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-06 4:00]
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Hi Hilary,
Focus, sharpness and details on the bird are very good. I liked the pose. TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-06 5:06]

Hi Hil,
a brilliant shot of this young'un.
Sharp and well composed.
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-06 6:07]

Hello Hilary,
Lovely capture of this young starling. I like the way he's posing by the leafy bush. Excellent sharp details and nice colours. Beautiful composition too. They are flying around here now too but mostly we see them onthe lawn.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-06 9:21]

Hi Hil, its good to see a young starling, they can be fiesty little ones! This is a v good POV in profile, showing all his fluffy feathers. Good light and detail, all nice and sharp.

Great composition yet again! Good low light definition and sharpness. You really ahve a way with these birdies!

So starlings are like mockingbirds in that they copy sounds from the environment. I was running not too long ago and I thought I heard a cell phone ringing out in the pasture. No cell phone - just the mimicry of the mockingbird! :)

Il est superbe, la lumière dans l'oeil et tous les détails et la composition en font une superbe photro.

Hi Hil,

there are lots of these around at the moment aren't there.
This is a very nice capture. Good composition.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-06 13:16]

Hi Hilary

They look cute when they are this young. Cute shot. Lovely sharp details and a nice POV. Great pose.



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-06 13:30]

Hi Hilary.
Terrific shot. Its subject is sweet and quality is perfect at high range. Colour and details reproduction is simply outstanding. Amazing image of bird, twigs (and leaves) and stump (as well as the whole scene). Bravo and best regards. Superb work.

Hello Hilary
Excellent shot of this Starling,
Fantastic colors and BG,
Perfect focusing ,DOF and Compo,
Superb shot,friend


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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-06-06 14:50]

Hello Hilary,
Very good shot! Full of details. Great composition and POV.
I like it!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-06-06 16:09]

Hello Hilary,
Excellent shot!
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

Hi Hil,
Your image of this Starling is wonderful, such great detail can be seen, it is framed so well with the tree branch and a good DOF. They are an anoying bird here in Australia and often create a problem for other native birds that are nesting, but never mind, that is nature for you.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-06 23:22]

Hello Hil

Well focused with sharp details.The plumage details are excellent.The colour saturation is natural.A wonderful composition .Great POV.TFS


  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-06-07 8:30]

Hi Hil, considering how bright it is in the BG you made a good job of this. Good details in the fledgling and a good ruffled pose. Well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-07 10:44]

Hi Hil,

A beautiful starling and a beautiful picture. You have captured it perfectly in a wonderful pose. Colors and details are marvelous. I love the setting.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-07 13:04]

Hello Hil, wonderful shot! What a beautiful youngster you got here, wonderful collors and details, great POV and composition.. well done!

bonjour hilary
j'aime sa pose,tout recroquevillé sur lui même comme si il avait fraoid!
beaucoup de details dans les plumes.
couleurs naturelles et bon pov.

hi hilary!
the starling is a very
fine bird and you showing
it in a very nice way!
good quality!

Very clear and detailed Hil!
I love the pose he's putting on and the colours which are exactly as we'd see it. Nice POV and DOF setting the composition off well.

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