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Preening Starling

Preening Starling
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-11 5:27
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Introduced into New Zealand between 1862 – 83 and now abundant throughout the mainland and suitable offshore islands in farmland, orchards, gardens, forest edges and beaches.

The breeding plumage is glossy black with a purple sheen on the head and breast, and a dark green sheen and buff spangling on the wings and abdomen. The bill is pointed, bluish base in the male, pinkish in the female. When not breeding the head and body is spotted buff and white and the bill is dark. The call is a descending whistle: ‘cheeoo’; and the song is a rambling collection of clicks, rattles, warbles and gargles interspersed with musical whistles. They are good mimics.

Starlings feed and roost in large flocks. The waddling , jerky walk is rather distinctive and the bird feeds on the ground by jabbing the bill into the soil. The diet is a mix of invertebrates such as grass grubs, caterpillars, moths, worms, snails and spiders, and fruit and nectar from flax and pohutakawa flowers.

Breeding is between October and January. The nest is a cup of dry grass, twigs and leaves built in tree holes, crevices in cliffs and in buildings and garden nest boxes. Clutches of 3 – 5 clear pale blue eggs are incubated by both parents for 11 days. Both parents feed the chicks until they fledge at 18 – 20 days and often continue to feed the chicks for 1 – 2 weeks after leaving the nest.

Huge flocks arrive at nightfall to roost overnight on Tiri.

Vital Statistics

Conservation Status: Abundant European Introduction
Mainland Status: Locally abundant
Size: 21cm, 85g
Life Span: 14+ years possibly
Breeding: October - January
Diet: Invertebrates, fruit and nectar

The above obtained from http://www.123.co.nz/tiri/Fauna/Starling.htm


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 11:30 a.m.
Date: 14th June 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/350
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Very nice capture of colors(black and white together are not allways easy), with good DOF.
Well done.

Hello Pam!
Great image! You have very good eye to catch very special moments. I love looking at the nature's live by your lens!

Hi Pam,
Great sharpness details and colour, interesting pose.

Very good picture, Pam.
You show the beautiful plumage great.
Nice colours, good POV and very good sharpness.
Very well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-11 12:51]

Wow, Pam. You really caught the iridescence on the feathers of this starling. Great preening pose. Sharp details and good composition. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-08-11 14:25]

Hi Pam,
very good photo of bird. Nice pose. I like the sharpness & colours, too. Interesting note. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Brilliant shot Pam,
Good detail and great POV. Nicely exposed. Nicely composed. good notes and nicely framed. It may sound strange, but this is one of my favourite birds, I think they're markings are stunning.
Well captured, thanks for posting.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-11 14:35]

Yes Nice one Pam,
very good shot, the pov is great even as the dof, the details are super, this is a good photo Pam, with compliments.
gr. Jaap

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-08-11 14:49]

Hi Pam,
very nice composition..
great capture...
I like the BG much... well focused...
very well done

a very clear 3D looking shot! excellent job. TFS!

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-08-11 16:18]

Hi Pam, beautiful bird you got there, she look so "high class" with her black feathers and the white spot, just like a evening dress. :P Excellent composition, DOF and lighting. Very well captured Pam, thanks for sharing

Hello Pam, beautiful colours, beautiful picture congratulations. TFS

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-11 17:19]

Hi Pam, nice shot. It's funny to think that you have all the same birds as us. It's amazing how they were introduced...I wonder who wanted all these birds there?

Good view of this bird preening, not the most loved of birds but I like them. I like the composition and the details, very good work.

Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-12 2:45]

Very nice pose Pam. These birds are very common in Poland, in some areas they're loudy pests. But I like them. Perfect light and details.

Hello Pam!
Wonderful shot.Sharpness,details,POV and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Pam, This has excellent sharpness, exposure and is composed well. Great preening pose, Well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-12 12:41]

Pam, this is also great. Again, great pov and composition.

Excellent blurred bg and vivid colors.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-08-15 4:43]

very well done! great exposure on this black subject. the colours and focus are great. tfs

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