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"Young Common Starling"

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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-14 21:27
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Starling

Common Starling or European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris, is a passerine bird in the family Sturnidae.

The 19-22 cm long Common Starling must be one of the most familiar of birds in temperate regions, with its shiny black plumage spangled with white. Confusion is only likely in Iberia in winter, when it has to be distinguished from the closely related Spotless Starling, which, as its name implies, has less spotting on its plumage.
Adult male Common Starlings are less spotted below than adult females. Juveniles are dull brown, and by their first winter resemble adults but are browner especially on the head.

These birds will eat almost anything, including farmland invertebrates and berries. This is a highly gregarious species, forming huge flocks in winter, and providing a spectacular sight and sound as they descend into evening reed-bed roosts, often attracting birds of prey such as Merlins or Sparrowhawks. Large roosts (exceptionally up to a million birds) can form in city centres, causing a great deal of mess from their droppings.

The Common Starling has been adversely affected by intensive agriculture, and in countries like the UK it has been red-listed since its numbers are falling, although it remains a widespread and very common species.

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mhoule, marhowie, jeanpaul, blakitan, horia, coasties, ellis49, jmp, scottevers7, RAP, eruyanik, liquidsunshine, cecilia, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hello Jorge!
Beautiful shot. This bird is so common in my area, too (1 hour North of NYC). Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get a good shot of one yet. Excellent exposure (this bird is not an easy one in that respect), sharpness and good, tight framing. Congratulations,

Hi Jorge,
Very nice! Excellent DOF, exposure, color, POV, sharpness, details and framing. Lovely OOF BG setting-off your bird well..
Excellent notes &
Very well done.

Just one word: Perfect ! I have never seen this species that way...even it is quite common in my backyard! The black frame fits very well here. The sharpness is fantasctic. The lightning is awesome.

Bonsoir jorge
Félicitation pour cette belle prise de vue ,comme toutes tes autres d'ailleur.
La présentation est très belle avec de belles couleurs et de jolis détails.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hi Jorge,
Nicely captured. Sharp, neat, with nice details. Nice blurry BG. Superb shot and great PP works.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Jorge
Excellent dappled light on the starling, it really lights up the wing and breast. Very sharp capture and excellent background. Regards.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-15 2:14]


What a superb shot of this cute little bird.
The details and light on this shot are simply amazing! I really like them. Also great and the colors, POV, framing and composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-15 4:54]

Hi Jorge,

Great photo of a "normal"bird. You show us how beautiful a common starling is.


Hi Jorge

A nice shot. Lovely pose from this pretty coloured pest. Well done! :-)

Hi JC,
this a beautiful picture and it's a nice framing.
Well composed, good POV and details.
Lovely colours too.
Well done.

Hello Jorge, Great work, excllent details, BG, POV DOF perfect details, excllent work, TFs Kyle

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-15 7:58]

Hola Jorge,
Este pájaro esta bien bonito con la pechuga reluciente, una gran nitidez y un fondo luminoso semiborroso que va muy bien con el color oscuro del pájaro. ¡Buena foto Jorge!

Hi Jorge,
An excellent shot on this Starling. Nice frame filling compositon and crop here. Exposure looks very good with the great colors and sharp detail. Good control on the DOF gave a pleasing OOF backround.
Well done!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-15 9:05]

Un pequeño retrato de la naturaleza Jorge con una bella composición, basada en un impecable POV y DOF que captó con total nitidez y foco toda el ave.
Adecuado control de la luz y el fondo bien difuso, convierten a esta, en una gran presentación.
Felicitaciones y saludos... Ricardo

A small portrait of the nature Jorge with a beautiful composition, based on an impeccable POV and DOF that it captured with total clarity and focus the whole bird.
Adapted control of the light and the very diffuse bottom, they convert to this, in a great presentation.
Congratulations and greetings... Ricardo

Jorge! This is superb indeed! Such a lively, vivid capture and razorsharp. i like the vertical framing, it worked wonderful. bg is amazing too!
Congratulations and thank you!

Magnifique oiseau. On dirait qu'il est passé chez l'esthéticienne avant la photo.
Bonne soirée.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-15 17:15]

Hello Jorge,
this is a wonderful shot of this starling. Exceptional POV and the fine light allow a great viwe of the lovely details. DOF, sharpness and composition are superp.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-15 17:19]

Hi Jorge, excellent shot. Great POV and well positioned within the frame. Also good lighting and details. Very well done and enjoy the rest of the week.

Excellent capture Jorge,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed, well framed and good notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Such a beautiful posed, with great detail and colours, You did well in capturing this type of bird.
A job well done...

Muy buenas y muy buena foto Jorge, la verdad es que no es nada fácil sacar bien a estos estorninos (vulgarmente conocidos como tordos en España)y es que esos negros al igual que los blancos no son fáciles de sacar y tú los sacaste pero que muy bien.
Un saludo

Beautiful shot of this starling the exposure is pretty accurate showing nice graduated steps in the black & Gray zones. Nicely done Jorge. :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-17 23:48]

Hello, Jorge.
This your shot is really amazing. Clearness of colours and its variety make a strong impression. Details of the bird is outstanding. BG is colourful and delicate. Exclusively pleasant for look picture. Superb done and TFS.

Bonjour Jorge,
Bel étourneau bien mis en valeur par un joli fond.
Belle lumière et bonne netteté.
Peut-être pouvait-on éclaircir la zone de l'oeil pour distinguer un petit peu plus de détails ?
Les oiseaux sombres sont un sujet difficile. C'est donc réussi.Bravo !
Bonne soirée

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