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Grey-headed Starling

Grey-headed  Starling
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Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-26 6:07
Viewed: 2027
Points: 50
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Sturnia malabarica blythii, I found this beautiful bird near my house. they are busy to find food on Bombax ceiba flower.
I capture this image with a Sigma 150-500mm lens and as usual Nikon RAW format. This is a handheld shooting.
Thank you for viewing and kind comment.

The Chestnut-tailed Starling or Grey-headed Myna (Sturnia malabarica) or Grey-headed Starling is a member of the starling family. It is a resident or partially migratory species found in wooded habitats in India and Southeast Asia. The species name is after the distribution of a former subspecies in the Malabar region. This resident population has a white head and is often treated as a full species, the Malabar Starling (Sturnia blythii).
Sturnia malabarica blythii The adults have a total length of approximately 20 cm (8 in). They have grey upperparts and blackish remiges, but the colour of the remaining plumage depend on the subspecies. In the nominate subspecies and blythii, the underparts (incl. undertail) are rufous, but in nemoricola the underparts are whitish tinged rufous (especially on flanks and crissum). The nominate and nemoricola have a light grey head with whitish streaking (especially on crown and collar region). In blythii, the head and chest are white. All subspecies have white irides and a yellow bill with a pale blue base. The sexes are similar, but juveniles have whitish underparts and just chestnut tips to the tail feathers.
Bombax ceiba, like other trees of the genus Bombax, is commonly known as cotton tree. This tropical tree has a straight tall trunk and its leaves are deciduous in winter. Red flowers with 5 petals appear in the spring before the new foliage. It produces a capsule which, when ripe, contains white fibres like cotton. Its trunk bears spikes to deter attacks by animals. Although its stout trunk suggests that it is useful for timber, its wood is too soft to be very useful. Bombax ceiba grows to an average of 20 meters, with old trees up to 60 meters in wet tropical weather. The trunk and limb bear numerous conical spines particularly when young, but get eroded when older. The leaves are palmate with about 6 leaflets radiating from a central point, an average of 7~10 centimeters wide, 13~15 centimeters in length. The leaf's long flexible petiole is up to 20 cm long.
Cup-shaped Flowers solitary or clustered, axillary or sub-terminal, fascicles at or near the ends of the branches, when the tree is bare of leaves, an average of 7~11 centimeters wide, 14 centimeters in width, petels up to 12 centimeters in length, Calyx is cup-shaped usually 3 lobed, an average of 3~5 centimeters in diameter. Staminal tube is short, more than 60 in 5 bundles. Stigma is light red, up to nine centimeters in length, Ovary is pink, 1.5~ 2 centimeters in length, with the skin of the Ovary covered in white silky hair at 1mm long. Seeds are numerous, long, ovoid, black or gray in colour and packed in white cotton.
This tree is commonly known as Semal (Hindi:सेमल) in India. It is widely planted in parks and on roadsides there because of its beautiful red flowers which bloom in March/April. This year it blooms earlier.

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Hello Samiranda,
Another impressive capture with great details and excellent composition,wonderful play of light and colours luminosity.
My regards,

Hi Samiran,
Absolutely beautiful capture. The composition's fabulous and the lights / colors are simply fantastic. A gorgeous image. Bravo! But the watermark is pointless and imho unnecessary (at least this way. Too big, therefore a little destructing).
Best regards, László

Hello Samiran,
An excellent capture with fine colors, details & sharpness. Great composition & presentation. TFS & best wishes!


Hi Samiran,
nice birds. Excellent composition. I like this point of view. Also very nice presentation of flowers.
Have a nice weekend,

這鳥照的清晰 兩隻表情都可愛
花很漂亮和鳥的色彩 非常搭配
使構圖很美 照的太好了

Hello Samiran

Very beautiful scenery of these exotic starlings
with the colorful tree flowers, fine POV and framing,
wonderful light and color tones, great focus,
sharpness, and details, at 500mm handheld shooting
you have very steady hands and the OS of
your lens must work great, TFS


Ciao Samiran, nice composition with lovely couple and beautiful flowers, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-26 8:05]

Hello Samiran,
Wonderful clarity in this photo with very sharp detailed Chestnut-tailed Starlings and flowers. Fantastic composition in splendid colours. Very beautiful sky in the background.

Hello Samiranda,
Excellent picture.Even from far your focus was very nice on bird.I am learning watching your picture.'Shimul Tulo'tree also looking nice.I like it very much.
Kind regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-01-26 8:14]

Hello Samiran,
First of all I had never heard of a Grey-headed Starling before, so it is a thrill to see a new bird. Secondly I love the overall composition as it not only shows the birds in fine detail and beautiful color, but also the very attractive flowering plant. Awesome image!!

Hello Samiran bhai,

Hope you are well. This is a fantastic shot capturing two species at the same time: one belongs to flora, the other to fauna.I appreciate those people who tell us all about their photo, for friends often do not mention the trees or plants and so on when they are posting the shots of a bird. In your excellent shot we see grey-headed starlings along with the beautiful orange colour flowers of the silk cotton tree tree which has the botanical name of Bombax ceiba. Both have been captured with inch perfect focus and sharpness.
Thanks a lot for sharing a top quality photograph....take care....warmest regards/Abid

Hello Samiran
Very beautiful photograph, excellent composition and detail, good depth of field.
The nice light allows for a very nice photo.
The plants are beautiful.
regards yiannis

Ciao Samiran.
Complimenti bellissima ,non ho parole.
Ti auguro un buon fine settimana ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-26 11:24]

Hi Samiran,not only a birds pic,but a very beautiful composition,great light,great details and beautiful blue sky in background,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Samiran. Excellent DOF here. Super details and sharp. Amazing colours/light results.


amazing bird enjoying the ceiba flowers, TFS Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-01-26 14:15]

Hello Samiran,
nice capture of the Starling, the pair looks lovely, liked the pov and the composition, good sharpness, well composed shot.Regards Siggi

WOW!! Amazing birds and amazing flowers Samiran! Fantastic photo! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!!

Hi Samiran
They should allow us to give out double points for both flowers and birds. Beautiful photo, the blue, colourful flowers and very striking birds. I really like your DOV and how you held the sharpness. Well composed, super job.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-27 2:01]

Hello Samiran
this is a real beauty. The birds are excellently captured and the flowers are splendid.
Wonderful view of both.
Very well composed and superb presentation.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-01-27 7:57]

Hello samiran,
A delightful well composed capture of bothe the Grey-headed Starlings and the flowers that they are interested in. The contrast with the blue sky, sharpness and natural colours are great.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-01-28 2:59]

Hello Samiran,
excellent sturnia,excellent bombax,great photo..thanks for sharing..

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-28 6:24]

The image is more of the beautiful flowers, fine composition and colors...the starling pair are big bonus though they almost camouflaged here. tfs.

A....sadharon composition, beautiful background sky with great sharpness once again.

Hello Samiran.
This is breathtaking with a cluster of starlings feeding on gorgeous flowers looking like cannonballs. Well managed exposure against the spotless sky.
Thanks and have a nice day,

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