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Greater blue-eared starling

Greater blue-eared  starling
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-05 6:18
Viewed: 3913
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Day 1 (1/20) Episode III.
South Africa, Kruger National Park.
Rainy and cloudy weather; not much light...

This is a Starling; my first idea is, it might be Burchell's starling...
On the other hand I have my doubts as the color of the eye is orange here and in my reference map it is rather brownish.

Update thanks to Ivan (Argus)
Might be a Greater blue-eared starling. I refer to the critiques.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Burchell's Glossy-starling

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Lamprotornis
Species: L. australis
Binomial name
Lamprotornis australis
(Smith, 1836)

The Burchell's Glossy-starling (Lamprotornis australis) is a species of starling in the Sturnidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
4/10/2007 16:16:40
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF

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striking colours and eyes! , TFS Ori

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-05 6:36]

Hi Annick,
Colors are great and the eye looks amazing. Very nice portrait. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-12-05 6:38]

Ha Annick,
ik denk juist dat de bewolking voor erg goed licht heeft gezorgd. Erg fraaie foto zonder al te groot contrastverschil. Compli's!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-05 6:59]

Hi Annick,
excellent composition and superb detail as lways, but i really like what you've done here to get this great neutral background, well seen.

Hi Annick
Wonderful presentation and amazing colors on this Starling.
Excellent sharpness and detail too.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-12-05 7:32]

Hi Annick
Wonderful Bird


Hello Annick
Excellent shot of this beautiful Starling,
Great details,composition and colors,
Superb shot.


Hola Annick,
Gran retrato de este bello pájaro, gran definición y textura, la luz, el color y fondo son fantásticos, saludos
José Ramón

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-05 8:53]

Hallo Annick,
Een bekende uit mijn reizen naar Afrika. De kleuren (staal-blauw en groen) in deze spreeuwen blijven fascinerend. Zo ook in jouw foto. Erg goede scherpte en een goede compositie.

nice colours and details
how the BG could be of this uniform colour ?

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-05 9:05]

Hi Annick

Superb posting - excellent framing and detail - a masterful shot.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-12-05 10:13]

Wonderful bird! Great quality and composition, nice background. Well done!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-05 19:54]

Hello Annick
Beautiful portrait.Colors are beautiful.You have capture the detaisl in the plumage perfectely.
TFS Michel

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-06 1:34]

What a beautiful Starling!
Amazing colours that stand out well against the clean BG.
Very sharp, very detailed and good clarity.
Great composition as well.
Well done Annick,

encore moi
je visite la galerie et je vois cette spectaculaire macro, formidable couleurs et cet oeil vif est superbe, bravo+++

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-06 3:39]
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Hello Annick,
Very fine close-up portrait of a Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling (L. chalybaeus) Burchell's has dark eyes.
Fantastic sharpness and details and a fine composition.
Well done and thanks,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-06 7:24]

Hello Annick

Another WOW shot,an awesome bird portrait.Well done.
The POV and DOF are amazing.
Superb colours and lighting.
Great job.


Un magnifique portrait...et quel oeil !
Bonne journée.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-09 6:12]

Hello Annick, that's a fantastic portrait of this great bird ! The sharp details and the wonderful colors are just amazing against the nice background, well done, thanks !


Hi Annick
Great capture of this starling.
Great definition for a 400 iso.
Excellent composition and superb details. Congratulation.
Cheers from Antibes.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-10 13:48]

Hi again

This one captured me from the day you've posted i, but due to lack of time i only saved it as a bookmark and returned at it today :)
What a magnificent close-up! WOW!
First of all i really love the exposure you managed to get here. Even if the natural light wasn't perfect, you made great use of it and managed to keep a terrific balance between your subject and the BG. The result is just bliss!
Also, i don't know if you used any support or not, but again the impeccable sharpness of the details comes to mind, especially when i saw 1/200 at that huge range.
So again i must congratulate you on your amazing trip and the fantastic gallery you brought back and sharp with us!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-13 18:38]

Hi Annick,
Awesome portrait shot with very impressive details and lovely colours on its plumage. The contrasting BG looks nice and lets the subject stand out perfectly. The orange eyes looks gorgeous. Excellent POV and DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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