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Copyright: Jannie Maritz (Jannie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-3.3 / 6-72
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-03 0:43
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
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Cape Glossy-starling
Lamprotornis nitens

Lamprotornis is a large genus of glossy-starlings all of which occur in Africa south of the Sahara. They have glossy blue or green upper parts, which is due to hollow melanin granules arranged in a single layer near the feather barbule’s surface. This unique arrangement led to some glossy starlings formerly placed in the genus Spreo being transferred to Lamprotornis, since they shared this feature (but see also below).

The under parts of these species lacks iridescence. They may be blue, purple, yellow or brown. Most Lamprotornis starlings have striking yellow or red irides and some have long tails

These glossy starlings are found in a variety of habitats from forests to open woodland and gardens. They nest in tree holes, either natural, or made by woodpeckers or barbets, and some will used man-made structures. Most species are resident apart from seasonal or local movement, but Shelley’s Starling is migratory. Most species are gregarious outside the breeding season.

Lamprotornis glossy-starlings are omnivorous and mostly feed on the ground, although they will take fruit from trees. Some will feed on or near large mammals to find insects.

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Good composition, fine detail and lovely colours, well done.

very beautiful portrait , great colours , details and sharp,

Great shot! The extreme closeup, with the bright blue and fiery orange look captivating. The diagonal composition and pov are working well.

Beautiful shot from below
Super focus on those yellow eyes standing out from the blue
Really great!

Hello Jane, Gorgeous portrait of this starling, its amazong how many different shades of metallic blue you captured. Great detail too. Lovely shot.


Hello Jannie,
Very beautiful, brilliant capture of Lamprotornis. The sharpness is excellent with great details & expressions. TFS.

hello Jannie

great picture
with beautiful color
like painting
greeting lou

  • Great 
  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-03 10:55]

Hello Jennie, very beautiful shot of this beauty! TFS.

  • Great 
  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-03 13:38]

Herllo Jannie
Beautiful portrait of this magnific bird, the colors and the details are very beautiful ,the composition is perfect, good sharpness


Well done on the great detail, sharpness, BG clarity and DOF shown in your pic. The POV is very unusal and gives the pic excellent creative character.

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