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Glossy Starling

Glossy Starling
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-08-12 8:23
Viewed: 2036
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this picture at Orpen;Kruger National Park;South Africa

The Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling(Lamprotornis chalybaeus) is a bird that breeds from Senegal east to Ethiopia and south through eastern Africa to northeast South Africa anf Angola.It is a very common species of open woodland bird,and under takes some seasonal migration.
The Greater blue-Eared Glossy Straling is a 22 cm longnshort tailed bird.This starling is glossy blue-green with a purple-blue belly and blue ear patch.Its iris is bright yellow or orange.the sexes are similar,but juvenile is duller and has blaskish brown underparts.
Genus:Lamprotornis/Species:L.chalybaeus(Hemprich & Ehrenberg 1828)

This Greater Blue-eared Glossy starlings are omnivorous and mostly feed on the seeds and berries,especially Figs,but its diet is mainly insects taken from the ground.
Thank You "PeterZ" for your help to identifying the exact species.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-12 8:38]

Hi Srikumar,very nice pose and excellent capture of this starling,the blue is absolutely bright,the detail are good too,close to the best.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Srikumar,
Beautiful photo of this Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus.
Excellent sharpness and it is perched in beautiful light. Good DOF and composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-08-12 9:01]

Hi Srikumar.
What a wonderful colouration of the bird and its reproduction. Yellow-orange eye of the bird is simply wonderful too. I am impressed with excellent diagonal composition of the image, pleasant blurriness of the BG and perfect details of the bird image and old tree branch. Exposure is superb. My warm regards and TFS.

Hello Srikumar,
What a shinning metallic feathers......Excellent photo with perfect focus and very good details.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-08-12 9:49]

stunning bird with beautiful plumage, .. taken in a good position and fitted light; .. well done


nuri :)

This bird was "posing" just for you!!!
Love that soft B/G, the yellow of that eye ... HIGHLY IMPRESSIVE image.
Loved your notes too.
Cannot mark your note "useful" 'cause I'm still using the PROXY I.P. My server, Telus, is still working on the situation. Will attempt an upload this week.
Best and most kind regards +++ gratitude.

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic metallic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very welll done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Srikumar!
Very good shot of this amazing glossy bird. You have captured this lovely bird in very good sharpness with a pleasant BG. Apart from its brightly colored eye the diagonal twig it is perched on is adding beauty to your shot.Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

hallo Sri
great composition with good details and beautiful colors
thanks gr lou

Hi Srikumar,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-08-12 17:16]

Hola Srikumar, alucinante el color metálico de esta bella ave, increíble contacto con el ojo, una toma de mucha calidad...saludos.

GREAT IMAGE..........

Hi Srikumar, Remarkable photo. This lovely species has wonderful natural colors. The contrast against the background is superb. Very nice photo taken from a excellent POV with true yellow colors. Elusive.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-08-13 9:46]

Hi Srikumar,

Very nice capture of the bird, I like the yellow eyes and his beautiful reflection of the plumage.
The détails are superb and the colors splendid, have seen many two-tone color on neck.µTFS.
My best regards.
John vantighem

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-08-14 10:26]

Hi Srikumar,
Excellent capture of this starling ..
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-08-17 9:04]

Hi Srikumar,
Gorgeous metalic colours. Nice composition and sharpness details. Very good work.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Srikumar

The metallic blue color tones are giving special effect to this exotic starling,
photo shot with fine POV and framing, beautiful eye-contact, lovely contrast
between the eye's and the feathers color tones, TFS


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