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Superb Starling juvenile

Superb Starling juvenile
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-27 8:15
Viewed: 7148
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) is a member of the starling family of birds. It can commonly be found in North East Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

This species is 18 to 19 cm long. Adults have black heads and iridescent blue-to-green back, upper breast, wings, and tail. The belly is red-orange, separated from the blue breast by a white bar. The undertail coverts and the wing linings are white. Juveniles have duller plumage with no more than a suggestion of the white breast band. Their irises are brown, later grayish white, eventually the adult's cream-color.

Open scrub and woodland, including gardens and cultivated areas, most below 2200 m.
This species feeds on the ground.


The Superb Starling has a long and loud song consisting of trills and chatters. At midday it gives a softer song of repeated phrases. There are several harsh calls, the most complex of which is described as "a shrill, screeching skerrrreeee-cherrrroo-tcherreeeeeet."

(Sources: ‘Wikipedia’; and ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’ by I Sinclair and P Ryan; and birdlife.org)

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Hello Peter, excellent shot of this beautiful bird with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Peter,
what a wonderful picture of the Superb Starling taken from an excellent low POV with very good sharpness in a great pose on the ground, i like the marvellous metallic colours, a superb close composition
Have a good weekend

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-27 8:21]

Hello Peter,
What a fantastic Starling with a glossy shine to the wings that you show nicely here. Wonderful colours too and fine details.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hallo Peter
wat een mooie vogel,goed scherp en alles is goed te zien
super mooi kleuren
great shot
groetjes lou

Hi Peter,

Excellent capture of this beautifully coloured superb (-really-) sterling from excellent POV/DOF, flawless details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-27 9:56]

Hello Peter,
Interesting to see how the juv. Superb Starling moults to acquire adult plumage, here nicely caught from a fine low POV with excellent sharpness and colours, against a pleasing OOF grassy BG in a nice composition.
TFS this fine image from your archives.
Have a good weekend,

hello Peter!
luminous fine vivid colors and very sharp details,fine composed scene with the green environment,fine photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Ciao Peter, wonderful bird with fantastic colors and splendid sharpness, great capture, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Great shot of this cute starling in a lovely pose.
Details and composition are splendid.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

hello Peter

excellent close-up photo of the Superb Starling
with his characteristic expression of starlings,
fine low POV, superb focus great sharpness and details,



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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-27 10:55]

Excellent photo, great colors and details!

Hello Peter,
It is a superb photo with a wonderful colored starling.
Excellent POV and very nice composition with great details.

hello Peter!
great colors and details
nice compo very good POV
have a good week
best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-27 11:11]

Hi Peter. Once again you have found such a colourful bird for us. I have never seen this one before. Its blue wing feathers
show up so well. Well taken TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-27 11:43]

Hello Peter.
This Starling is endowed with rich colours. Superb capture with a remarkable depth of field.Very good exposure. I like also pose.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Peter. Una gran luce, arma vincente per esaltare i colori cangianti. Macro brillante e dinamica. Ottimo dettgalio.


Hallo Peter
The face and pose of this Superb Starling turned sideways displays the shape and profile of the bird so well. It is a pretty bird with a beautiful assortment of colours, the shiny ones so pretty. This is a lovely close approach with details seen well and with great clarity. I like the green grass that frames the image beautifully. The almost untidy, but rather beautiful feathers (typical to a juvenile) on the under part of the bird's body adds a special touch to this photo. This is a lovely presentation. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-27 22:41]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful bird.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked vivid colors,details and DOF a lot.
Thanks for posting..

Hallo Peter,

een mooi laag standpunt voor deze glansspreeuw.
Erg mooie vogels zijn dit maar enorme schijters,.
Moest elke dag mijn voloiere omspitten.
Mooie natuurlijke kleuten met een goede voetnoot.


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-28 3:55]

Hallo Peter.

Prachtige foto, deze vogel heeft hele mooie kleuren die je hier ook mooi weergeeft.
Erg mooi plaatje zo.

Gr. Hans

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-28 4:30]

Hello Peter,
Lovely and excellent shot of this metalic beauty in a lovely pose.
Colours, details and composition are wonderful.
TFS ang G's,

Hello Peter,
Very good capture of the shinning plumage,under natural colours
TFS and have a good W-E

Dificil captura que en general resolviste bien. Quizá vira demasiado a rojo.
Es que que el trabajo anterior que nos presentaste, ahora todo nos parece poco jeje.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Peter. Awesome shot! Cute bird!
Great details and ice composition!
TFS. Kind regards,

Hello PeterZ
this Superb Starling have the right name, he is superb
i love his colors and his pose
very illuminated and well composed shot
Have a great sunday

A fine capture Peter, with beautiful natural colours of the iridescent feathers. TFS indeed my friend,

Hi Peter... Very good catch with nice pose...
Colors are wonderful..Detail is great and nice framed...
Well done..

  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-01 5:29]

Merhaba Peter,
Excellent nice capture. Well done, TFS..
Best regards,

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