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Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)


Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-01-25
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.5, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-01-26 1:56
Viewed: 1898
Points: 10
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I took this shot of common starling around Rawal Lake yesterday. Actually there was a big flock of them hiding high in a Eucalyptus tree. I could hear their whistles from a distance but couldnt take a shot. After an hour or so i sighted this lone fellow sitting on a bare tree nearby. I took few shots before that bird found a companion and flew away. Some details from Wikipedia:

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, North America, Argentina, South Africa and elsewhere. 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.
Thanks for viewing,
Best Regards,
AKBAR

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hallo Akbar a beauty in good light and great sharpness
nice composition to
thanks gr lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-01-27 20:22]

Hello Akbar,
I remember the first close-up image of a European Starling that I saw here on TN., I couldn't believe how pretty it was. Your photo is a great example of the intricate markings and beautiful colors found in the plumage of these common birds.
Your lens has captured every detail and color very well. I like it's typical starling pose with head held high, yet always keeping a wary eye on you. Nicely framed and displaying just the right amount of exposure. Well done!!
Ron

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-01-28 6:53]

Hi Akbar,a very rich composition and a great quality of plumage details,impressive capture of this starling,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Akbar - Well captured this Starling in its natural habitat. Very good details and sharpness. Well managed light on BG. Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE. Best wishes and have a nice WE - Srikumar

Hi Akbar,
Beautiful composition, fantastic details, lights, depth of field. The starling's pose is very spectacular and I love the moirée effect on the plumage, too. A gorgeous photo, a capture to be proud of. Bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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