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Starling in Sunlight

Starling  in Sunlight
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm Hoya PL-CIR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-19 15:39
Viewed: 4148
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have decided to put up a bird which does not live in water and has visible feet! Thanks to everyone who gave constructive critiques on the footless Heron.

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 to see them
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.

When to see them
All year round. Large numbers arrive in autumn to spend the winter here.

What they eat
Insects and fruit.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-19 15:45]

Hello Deborah,
Excellemt image showing the amazing colors in this black bird in the right light. Your has great details and lighting of course, thanks for sharing.

Hello Debz,
Beautiful coloration on the Starliing. Great detail and composition. Another winning photo!

Hi Deborah,
Beautiful capture!
It's very good the pose you caught here, with those impressive colour reflections on its fathers.
Nice composition and well managed the exposition.
Congratulatios and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-19 16:37]

Hi Deborah, I like starlings and this colourful photo really is an homage to them. This photo is beautiful, colourful and sharp with the springful touch of the twig. And nice background too! Thank you!


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-19 17:27]

Hello Deborah,
Beautiful capture, very good composition and nice colors
like the pose

Hi Deborah,
this photo represents the Starling very well with all the colour it has and a fine clear focus as well.The details are lovely for this bird, after all is a very common bird whom has uncommon colour to it's plumage.I never overlook common birds as really they are beautiful as any other and I thank you for sharing this star of a shot. Bob

hello deborah,
shooting birds is very tough task and this i realised when i tried it and was not at all happy with the quality i got and then i could realise what it takes for a decent bird shot which you have posted here so many times, this one too is a lovely bird shot like your other posts, liked the way you have composed it, lovely lighting, nice pov, sharp image with good details of the plumage,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-19 21:34]

Hello Deb,
Just passing to congratulate you for this
fantastic capture, since I don't have much
time I'll comeback later with a proper


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-19 22:54]

Hello Deborah,
What a splendid capture of a Starling showing off its glossy plumage. I like its pose on the budding branch. Great sharpness and lovely colours too. A fine background too!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-19 22:58]
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You really caught the shimmering colors on that starling, Deb.
Beautiful details and an excellent pose. : )
I know that they are unpopular birds among birders, as they are very aggressive and undermine local bird populations, but I find their plumage quite striking.
TFS. : )

Hi Deborah,
You have certainly scored top marks for this one. Absolutely beautiful colouring on the feathering, sharp and all there.
Love the leaves which are not intrusive and good feet.

Hi Debz
Great use of the sunlight to bring out the colours in the feathers. Pin sharp, great colour and detail, wonderful.

Hello Deborah
Very intersting shot of this tiny starling,
Perfect details,BG and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV, Welldone.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-20 4:08]
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You're getting to be an expert bird photographer, Debz!
This is a superb captureof a common starling in shining spring plumage. Great sharpness, composition and OOF BG making this starling really stand out,
Well done and TFS!

bonjour deborah
extra,j'ai vu un reportage a midi sur les degat qu'occasionnent les etourneaux dans la ville de limoge mais lorsque l'on voit une image aussi bien detaillée et avec autant de reflets je ne vois pas comment on pourrait les chasser.

Great exposure to pull out these great details in the dark plumage Deb. Good POV and a pleasing composition as the starling shows you it's good side ;}
I like most of all the characteristic metallic colors seen so well.
Nice work,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-20 8:30]

Hello Deborah

A wonderful image of this common Starling.I am not a big fan of the bird,but I do admire their lovely plumage.
You have managed excellent lighting and the colours are brilliant.
The natural setting is attractive and really adds to the beauty of the shot.
Excellent POV and DOF.
Great camera work.

Hello Deborah,
Nice one indeed.
Like its pose. The metallic colours are displayed ver well.
I like the compo and the presentation...
Well done

Hey! Your starling is better than mine!!!
Good light and sharpness.
Nice compo, too.


Hi Debz, lovely bird with splendid bright colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-21 10:51]

Hi debz. Missed this one sorry. A lot of people dont like starlings because they can be so gready at bird food tables . but i do like the colours in the feathers, which you have captured so well. a good pose in the tree. with fine detail . well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-22 4:11]

Hello Deborah, well done on this Starling, the colors are great with that nice lighting. The pose, sharpness and background are perfect. Thanks !


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-22 4:53]

Oooh this is a nice one Deberoh! Look at those colours! Sometimes they get a bit of a bad press, but personally i think they are one our most beautifully marked birds, even if they are (or were it now seems) fairly common. Excellent composition, sharp detail and welll exposed. Great job.

Hello Debz,
Excellent composition in a perfect pose of the bird!
total sharpness, vivid colour and details
the clarity of the plummage just superb!
well done

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-22 10:26]

Hi Debz

Your starling is in fine colour, wonderful capture of these beautiful tones. Nicely sharp and well composed as well



As pesky as these are, I like how you captured the iridescence . Very nice POV and perch he is on.
As for footless on the water...well sometimes we want to show the details a bit larger perhaps, and have to sacrifice something
else. :)Cheers

Hello Deborah,
What an amazing colours of this Starling you present here!
You've captured very beautiful rainbow-colouration on body. :-)
Outstanding details and excellent focusing here with very nice POV & composition.
Also, lovely natural colours and beautiful blurry BG.
Well presented with informative note as well.
TFS and regards,

Hello Deborah,
This is an attractive composition, where the diagonal lines add a feeling of dynamics!
The bird is captured with fine details in the plumage and the typical colours come through very well...
Pablo -

What a lovely little thing. The clarity is of EXCELLENT quality. Focusing too. Great job.
Notes are, as always, ... SUPERB.
We have a similar looking bird that comes here every year all the way from Brazil ... just to nest.
It is MOST pleasant to see you again,

Hi Deborah,
away from the waters, looking up - getting a lustrous starling to pose for you in a perfect way! Brilliant clear light, excellent details, delightful colours of feathers and young green leaves early in spring. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-25 15:33]

Hello Deborah,
WOW Excellent «rainbow colours». Very beautiful details on this starling. Nice POV and Lovely «profile»!
Best regards my friend,


Hello Deborah,
This photo is a stunning one, the starling really shines under the sun. You have handled the exposure well and nice saturated colour make this a great shot. TFS

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-12-20 13:19]

Hi Deborah,
Great shot!
Lovely colors and good sharpness. Nice BG.
Also, good composition!

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