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European Starling

European Starling
著作権: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
ジャンル: Animals
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2005-12-24
カメラ: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2005-12-28 4:07
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Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Cool Facts

* All the European Starlings in North America descended from 100 birds released in New York's Central Park in the early 1890s. A group dedicated to introducing America to all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare's works set the birds free. Today, European Starlings range from Alaska to Florida and northern Mexico, and their population is estimated at over 200 million birds.

* Although the sexes look very similar, they do show some subtle differences. The male tends to be larger, more iridescent, and have longer throat feathers, but some females can be larger, more glossy, and have longer feathers than some males. During breeding when they have yellow bills, the base of a male's lower mandible is blue-gray, while the female's is pinkish. The male's eyes are a uniform deep brown, but the female has a narrow, lighter colored ring around the outer edge. In confusing cases, some males four years old or older can develop a faint ring in the eye, and some older females can lose it.

* A female European Starling may try to lay an egg in the nest of another female. A female that tries this parasitic tactic often is one that could not get a mate early in the breeding season. The best females find mates and start laying early. The longer it takes to get started, the lower the probability of a nest's success. Those parasitic females may be trying to enhance their own breeding efforts during the time that they cannot breed on their own.

The above obtained from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/programs/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/European_Starling.html


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:00 p.m.
Date: 24th December 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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To Robbrown: Do they attempt to drink the nectre?.coasties 1 12-28 20:22

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Nice capture Pam just love the purple sheen of the throatand the clearness of the detail in the head and eye are superb. I presume its been sticking its head in the flowers and has pollen on the forehead, do they attempt to drink the nectre?.
if one was to be picky about the image it would be the darkness / shadow of the lower breast maybe in-fill flash it seems to be a trick other employ here for such situations?

Hi Pam,
Excellent shot. I really like how just his head area appears to hit the sunlight. Overall composition and framing look great. Colors and detail are very good. When the light hits them just right, this pest can be very beautiful.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-28 7:16]

Pam, great exposure on this.

I've already tried some shots of birds with similar colors, but, so far, I couldn't capture their nice feathers.

I like composition and sharpness.

Great pov and bg too.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-28 7:30]

Belle composition et bonne nettet.

F駘icitations et merci pour l'envoie!


Very nice captureof starling.
feather makes more great.
Colors and detail are very good.
Very great composition and sharpness.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-28 12:39]

Wow Pam! That touch of sun showing the deep purple contained in this dark colored bird! Very nice!
And, a great composition!

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-12-28 16:18]

Wauuuu I'm impressed by that shot.
great light,colors,details,composition,
Hmmmm all is great congertulations
TFS Libor

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-28 21:00]

A wonderful shot, Pam. Excellent composition. Great pose and expression on the bird, which stands out well with its dark iridescent plumage against the neutral blurred BG. A very pleasing image. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-29 3:02]

Hello Pam!
Excellent capture.POV,pose of bird,clear details,lighting,simple BG and framing are wonderful.TFS...:-)

This is another excellent version of your prior post Pam..The only think I might've done different is to flip the image so the bird is lookin' left. Very well done and Thank You!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-29 12:19]

Great Starling, sharp details and very good posture of the bird. Good work !


Another beautiful capture of a starling Pam with an excellent DOF and lighting. Have a Happy New Year! :)

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-01-06 12:38]

it is a great pose of the starling... beautifully composed with a very nice light... this one is really great...
very well done Pam.. :)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-01-16 13:43]

From a Photographer to a Photographer: excellent.
Thank you very much, Pam.

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