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European Starling

European Starling
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Copyright: Joseph Simard (jossim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D 200, Nikkor AF 70-300 1:4-5.6 G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 20:38
Viewed: 3203
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
L'étourneau est un oiseau de taille moyenne, il a un bec jaune pointu et un plumage tacheté. Les plumes noirâtres ont des reflets métalliques, bleus, verts et violets. Après la mue estivale, la livrée est tachetée car l'extrémité des plumes s'éclaircit. Ces marques sont plus nombreuses chez les jeunes. Au printemps, le plumage est plus foncé, car les marques claires ont disparu par usure et le mâle a l'air plus coloré que la femelle, avec un fond bleu vers la cuisse. En automne, son plumage se couvre de nombreuses pointes blanches très caractéristiques. Son plumage nuptial, dépourvu de pointes blanches, se teinte de reflets vert et violacé. Reconnaissable en vol à ses ailes triangulaires et pointues.

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A good photo of this very pesky bird. Great sharpness and detail in this composition.

Beautiful starling! It is amazing how lovely these common birds are. I like the DOF and how it focuses the eye. I also liek the diagonal composition and the almost monocromatic feel.

It really is a rather attractive bird despite its negative reputation here in Oregon. This is another sharp and well composed image. I really like all the brown tones with the touch of irridecent green.

Evelynn : )

Really nice capture with the perfect aperature setting, the DOF encapsulates the subject right on target. :)

hi joseph,
nice shot,
well composed,
the sharpness & the details captured are excellent,
nice dof, blurred bg works perfectly,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-28 22:03]

Hello Joseph

I am not a big fan of the starling,but the way you have captured this one,you show it in a beautiful light.Excellent DOF and POV,the plumage is seen in fine detail with qujite beautiful colours.TFS


Hi Joseph

I like the subtle colours tones in this shot that are easy on the eye.... lovely. Your subject is also lovely and you show it well. I like the touches of green visible on the plumage. Very nice! :-)

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-01-28 23:42]

Hi Joseph,
lovely detailed shot of this bird,
that I've seen for the first time on TN,
good control over DOF and tight framing making it a very nice post :)
Cheers :D

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-28 23:46]

Bonsoir Joseph.
i know that starlings are not popular birds, at least not in the U.S.,
but I find them very beautiful.
Your shot really does justice to their good looks, showing their markings and colours and iridescence beautifully.
Merci pour le partage. : )

HOla Joseph
Preciosa toma la que nos muestras de este estornino, buena compo y nitidez.
Un saludo

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-01-29 3:03]

Bonjour Joseph, l'harmonie des teintes est parfaite ainsi que la mise en page! Splendide sansonet, félicitation, Didier.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-29 3:07]

Hi Joseph, these starlings can be quite attractive with their patterns and their shiny metalic feathers. Well captured, TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-29 4:36]

Hi Joseph

Another simply wonderful photo from you!
This fluffed-up starling here looks terrific and you managed to captuire it with pleny of razor-sharp details and in a superb warm light.
The colors on its feathers looks brilliant and the POV here is excellent. Also the DOF is exceptional, blurring the BG very nicely.
One more thing ot add: the composition - truely splendid (diagonal branch, plenty of space in the direction of the sight of the bird...impeccable) !


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-29 5:37]

Hi Joseph

You have proved over and over that you are a "mamba" with these small birds and your snowscapes. This one is no exception as you show this bird with exquisite beauty.

The details you've captured are excellent and the colours are just stunning. The exposure for this shot was perfectly handled and the BG with its very soft focus is complimentary to the subject. The composition is first class with the angled branch, the off-centre bird, and the good measures of the cropping.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-29 6:51]

Hi Joseph.
What a lovely shot you have created. I like its pleasant drown colour palette, nice diagonal composition, delicate lighting and beautiful resting birdy. Your cropping and framing are very impressive as well as the POV and exactly selected DOF.
My best wishes and TFS.

Salut Joseph
Une belle photo, l'éclairage est parfait et les détails sont excellents.

Merci et félicitation...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-29 10:48]

Hi Joseph,
This photo has great detail and colors showing this bird with a bad reputation.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-01-29 11:11]

Hi Joseph,

A very nice shot of this starling,in sweden they are less common as in the Netherlands (my country of origin),I know that swarms of starlings are not that populair but the are beautifull birds with their green tones,well captured and TFS



très belle phot belle couleurs et lumiére bonne netteté bravo


hi joseph!
nice one on the fine starling
sharp with fine pov and nice
matching colours!
well done!

A good close up of the Starling, nice detail, love the clarity in the plumage.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-30 17:08]

Joseph, this is very cute.

Excellent colors, pov and composition.

I like sharpness and pose too.


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-02-02 10:06]

Really good photo. Incredible technique, presence and perfect balance. I envy you your talent!

These birds are so common and yet so beautiful, it is so easy to ignore them....


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-02 19:43]

Very beautiful Joseph!
Excellent work as always!

Belle photo, cet étourneau sansonnet est très jolis,les détails sont très marquer et très nets. Amitiés Thomas

Hi Joseph,
Wow!! I don't think it gets any better than this :)
Excellence on all counts,
Very well done & hats-off to you mf!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-06 15:59]

Hello Joseph,
Excellent shot!
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done.
Thank you.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-02-12 12:45]

Hi Joseph,
Wonderful capture of this starling.
The details are very vibrant.
Point of view and sharpness are marvellous.

A winner, Joseph..
Very good colors indeed...
A beautiful image.

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