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Glossy starling

Glossy 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: 2008-12-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Date Submitted: 2009-04-09 11:24
Viewed: 6782
Points: 50
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I compared this fellow with the image in the new updated edition of the Road Map and Photo Gallery of Etosha or Touristenkarte und Fotogalerie von Etoscha and figured out this might be the Glossy starling or in German the Rotschulterglanzstar.
In October 2007 I was able to photograph very similar birds in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Greater blue-eared starling.
I verified both identifications(the names) through the Howard&Moore Checklist(3e Ed., Revised to December31,2006) I got from Steve Pryor and saw there were a lot of Glossy starling species. So I don't know what kind of starling specie this is. Could it be the Cape glossy starling?
About the Kruger image(link) I saw that in above mentioned bird list the Greater Blue-eared Starling is listed and the Greater blue-eared 'glossy' starling isn't.

It's captured while bathing along a gravel road in Etosha National Park.
There was a lot of water throughout Etosha. Some roads were blocked due to the heavy rainfall.

Thanks for looking and have a very nice day!

nglen, Argus, SelenE, rcrick, matatur, nasokoun, Alex99, roges, boreocypriensis, KOMSIS, sranjan, anel, haraprasan, horia has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-09 11:27]

Hi Annick. I would not be able to help with its name as this is a new bird for me. So thanks for posting. You have taken this picture with fine detail and bright colours. The orange eye stands out so well. TFS.

Have a nice Easter.

hallo Nick

super compositie zo in het water ,en die ogen komen er zowat uit
de kleuren zijn groots
groetjes lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-09 12:12]

Hello Annick,
I agree, this is likely to be the Cape Glossy Starling (L. nitens) because of the relatively plain-cloured head with no dark patch behind the eye.
Goos pose and POV well taken as it bathes.
Thanks and regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-09 12:18]

Hello Annick
Wonderful capture with great details and vivid colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-09 12:38]

Hallo Annick,
Volkomen eens met jouw suggestie en Ivan, de Roodschouderglansspreeuw, Cape Glossy Starling. Veel andere soorten komen trouwens in die omgeving niet voor. Mooie foto. Beetje klein (590 x 407). Schitterende opvallende kleuren in de zacht gekleurde omgeving.
Goed Paasweekende,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-04-09 12:57]

Hi Annick,
It has striking plumage and eye color. I like the low POV,eye contact and the pose. TFS
All the best,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-04-09 20:48]

good capture of this beautiful bird taking bath, the color of the bird is so special. tfs.

Hi Annick,

Wow those colours are amazing, superb detail in the plumage, reminds me of our Saturn Bower Bird a little. Love the low POV looks great in its natural enviroment, stunning eye to.

Cheers Rick :)

What a lovely bird Annick, with dark bluish feathers with metallic hues and a startling orange eye, captured expertly against the light coloured water body which looks like a light coloured sandy terrain from here! TFS this nice image my friend.

hello Annick
particular scene in to water,
fine vivid colors in opposition in the scene,
this is new bird for me,
wonderful photo
best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-10 11:02]

Hi Anncik.
What a cute and funny a bit photo model which ignores you absolutely and gives you opportunity to take so wonderful shot. I like how well dark blue coloration of the bird corresponds with simple colours of the scenery. DOF is excellent. I like some blurriness of the BG and great details of the bird, its eye and feather especially. Well done and kind wishes.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-11 0:29]

Hi Annick !

Nice catch.
I love the colors clear and well defined.
Good day,

Hi Annick, a wonderful bird with such beautiful colours and lovely pose. Eyes are impressive too. As usual perfectly captured one MF!
TFS and Happy Easter!

Wonderful capture with great details and vivid colors.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-18 7:11]

Hello Annick,
of birds,gorgeous colors and eyes...
Wonderful capture with great details and vivid colors.
Have a nice day,

Hello Annick,
Beautiful bird with excellent details, sharpness & composition. TFS

Hello Annick,
WOW!! Superb vivid colors, the blue is wonderful, excellent composition, fantastic sharpness and good clarity.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-19 5:03]

Bonjour Annick,
Contente de voir que tu publies à nouveau, j'avais malheureusemnt manqué tes images, je n'étais pas non plus très présente ces derniers temps. Magnifique reflets sur le plumage de ce bel étourneau, bonne composition, comme toujours. J'aime assez le petit format que tu as choisi pour cette image.
Meilleures salutations

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  • Savitha (148)
  • [2009-04-22 21:12]

Very well composed picture of the starling.The bird looks it is drenched and I like the eye contact.It a cool picture.
Regards Savitha

Hi Annick,
A nice capture of this beautiful Glossy Starling. Excellent composition and razor sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2009-05-05 14:16]

Hello Annick! Well done on another of your great shots, great subject and fantastic quality, thanks!


Great impression with attractive colours and spectacular composition.
Best wishes,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-11-19 4:09]

Hi again :)

This too captured my eyes and i had to compliment you for it!
The Greater blue-eared starling is not something we see everyday here, especially not in this terrific setting. It stands so well out from the ground and the vegetation and is so well places in this composition that it's extremely attractive.
The tones and colors are equally terrific and the depth is again superbly chosen.

Bravo and TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-09 10:11]
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Happy New Year, Annick!
What a beautiful bird!
It is glossy alright! and you captured the iridescence on the plumage perfectly.
Your exposure brings out all the different values of blue and black on the feathers.
TFS. : )

Hi Annick,
excellent, perfectly well composed portrait of the glossy starling in perfect pose.
Looking quite dramatic to see it wading in deep muddy waters.
Thank you! Thank you also for your visit and kind words to the Cuban woodpecker from Pinar del Rio last week. Considering to open a bottle of Cuban rhum to celebrate some memories we seem to have in commmon :)
With best regards,

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