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common starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

common starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-14 7:05
Viewed: 1087
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling, or in the British Isles just the starling, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long and has glossy black plumage, which is speckled with white at some times of year. The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults. It is a noisy bird, especially in communal roosts and other gregarious situations, with an unmusical but varied song. Its gift for mimicry has been noted in literature including the Mabinogion and the works of Pliny the Elder and William Shakespeare.

The common starling has about a dozen subspecies breeding in open habitats across its native range in temperate Europe and western Asia, and it has been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, the Falkland Islands, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa and Fiji.[2] This bird is resident in southern and western Europe and southwestern Asia, while northeastern populations migrate south and west in winter within the breeding range and also further south to Iberia and North Africa. The common starling builds an untidy nest in a natural or artificial cavity in which four or five glossy, pale blue eggs are laid. These take two weeks to hatch and the young remain in the nest for another three weeks. There are normally one or two breeding attempts each year. This species is omnivorous, taking a wide range of invertebrates, as well as seeds and fruit. It is hunted by various mammals and birds of prey, and is host to a range of external and internal parasites.

Large flocks typical of this species can be beneficial to agriculture by controlling invertebrate pests; however, starlings can also be pests themselves when they feed on fruit and sprouting crops. Common starlings may also be a nuisance through the noise and mess caused by their large urban roosts. Introduced populations in particular have been subjected to a range of controls, including culling, but these have had limited success except in preventing the colonisation of Western Australia. The species has declined in numbers in parts of northern and western Europe since the 1980s due to fewer grassland invertebrates being available as food for growing chicks. Despite this, its huge global population is not thought to be declining significantly, so the common starling is classified as being of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.(Wikipedia)

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hello Siegfried,
L'étourneau est bien présenté,bonne attitude avec la tête légèrement tournée.
Bon W-E

Popularny ptak a w szczegolach ciekawy. Fajne zblizenie.

Hello Siegfried,
Although common, but really beautiful species. Well captured despite too tight cropping(In my opinion) and part of its tail......
But very good details and eye-catching color. Well managed BG too.
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,
Regards and have a nice WE,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-14 10:26]

Hello Sigi,
Great close-up in splendid light and colours. Excellent sharpness, details with a nice pose.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-08-14 10:26]

Hallo Siggi,
Very nice presentation of this Common starling ..
Nice photo with good composition, colors and good sharpness.
Best wishes,

Ciao Siggi, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

A good close-up of this starling. Common ones never cease to surprise with their colours :) The sharpness and details are great. Thanks for sharing!

I like the metallic sheen on the plumage of this Starling, Siegfried.
However, the crop is a bit tight for me.
Hope you don't mind the observation.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-15 19:20]

Hello Siggi,
Maybe a common bird, but a wonderful presentation of this well known species. I remember being amazed when I saw my first close-up of this bird. I never realized it actually had such a vast array of colors in it's plumage. Love it's slightly tilted head and the good eye contact you managed to capture.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-08-16 1:18]

Hi Siegfried,
Really beautiful photo of this starling. Nice colours with excellent details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-20 15:37]

Hi Siggi,great close up of this starling,nice pose and very bright details,i like the quality of metallic colors of plumage too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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