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Purple Glossy Starling

Purple Glossy Starling
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-24 6:53
Viewed: 2793
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple Starling (Lamprotornis purpureus), also known as the Purple Glossy Starling, is a member of the starling family of birds.

Distribution and habitat
It is a resident breeder in tropical Africa from Senegal and north Zaire east to Sudan and west Kenya. This common passerine is typically found in open woodland and cultivation.

The adults of these stocky 2223 cm long birds have a metallic purple head and body, and glossy green wings. They have a short tail and a yellow eye. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are much duller, with grey underparts and a brown iris.

This is a gregarious and noisy bird, with typical starling squeaks and chattering.

The Purple Starling builds a nest in a hole. The normal clutch is two eggs.

Like most starlings, the Purple Starling is omnivorous, eating fruit and insects.

Source: Wikipedia

This photo is taken in bird park Avifauna. This bird can fly in a big hall together with a lot of other birds.

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Hello Peter,
Interesting Birds and impressive photo!Very good compozition,vonderful colours and great sharpness.

Mind blowing capture of this beautiful Starling, Peter. Never seen such a pretty specimen ever before. The dorsal POV shows the plumage of this bird in precise details and colour tones. The head of the bird turned sideways offers fantastic view of its beautiful eye.
Thanks and regards.


Hallo Peter,
Wonderlike kleure maar meer nog die samestelling met die skuinste van die tak waarop die vol sit, die hoek van die kop, en dan ... die oog as fokuspunt wat eenvoudig fantasties is. In een woord skitterend! Beste groete.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-09-24 8:39]

hello Peter,
Another great photo of one beautiful Purple Starling, excellent sharp and colorful details, useful description, TFS!

Hi Peter,
amazing colours. Perfect point of view. Great sharpness!
Thanks for sharing,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-09-24 9:25]

Hi Peter
What a great closed up.Razir sharp image with fantastic plumage details.Colors are fantastic and I also like the nice blur BG.
TFS Michel

Hello Peter,
Nice capture with perfect clarity and natural colour luminosity.Thanks and my regards,_Joy

hallo Peter
Wauwh wat een kleuren heeft deze vogel
super scherp en leuke pose zo achterom kijken
Great shot
bedankt gr.lou

Boa tarde Peter
Wonderful bird species and excellent capture.Great close composition,wonderful bright colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-09-24 11:30]

Hello Peter,
this is a excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Peter, great capture of beautiful bird with fantastic metallic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Peter.
Splendido esemplare di glosst straring,ben fotografato ,eccellente nitidezza, notevoli i dettagli,splendidi i colori metallici con le loro sfumature molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Ciao Peter. Impressive focused yeallow eye into the magnifcinte metallic blue. perfetc details.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-09-24 12:17]

Hi Peter,
Amazing, colours,details and composition too.
Excellent photo of this beautiful Purple Starling.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter,
I am impressed by the magnificent colors, sharpness and details of this image. The composition is wonderful. Very nice colorful bird. It is a superb capture.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

wow Peter, such a gorgeous bird with this cute pose! i loved that contrast between the colour of eye and that of the body. flickering yellow against royal blue. great! a good capture. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6515 W: 89 N: 15622] (65349)
  • [2012-09-24 15:39]

Hi Peter,a metallic blue carpet and a yellow pearl inside.What a specie and what a pic my friend,the best quality as possible,simply great!!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Very amazing bird, superb colour
TFS, Ferran

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-09-25 4:59]

Hello Peter,
Vewry colorful your Purple Starling. Ideal pose of the bird showing the magnificent plumage well and also his amazing golden eye. Well chosen vertical framing and a nice blurred background. Well done again!
Thanks and kind regards

hello Peter,
a amazing picture of this well captured bird. fantastic colour and sharpness. very well composed picture also.
best wishes,
yesterday i was unable to comment on it due to technical problem over internet connection.

Hello Peter

Stunning bird and superb exposure to conserve the rich blue colours so well. Superbly done

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-09-25 12:14]

Hello Peter!
Wow!!! An outstanding shot with terrific colors and excellent POV.Many congrats!!! TFS
Regards from,

PS: thanks also for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

Another exotic bird Peter! Great photo! Nice pose, excellent composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness.

indeed very glossy and very beautiful also, greetings Ori

Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of this exotic starling with its metallic color tones, great expressive
glance and eye-contact of the bird, TFS


Hi Peter,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the Purple Starling. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-10-03 19:43]

Hello Peter,
Simply awesome colors in this guys attire. I could only imagine what a beautiful spectacle an entire flock of these gorgeous birds would look like flying together.

Hi Peter
Great Pose of this beautiful Starling. Excellent capture of its colour and detail from a supper POV and terrific DOV
Best regards

Hello Peter.
Stunning pose from dorsal pov. Love the luminosity of the feather with stunning plumage details. The head turn is a winner.
Thanks and have a nice day.

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