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Burchell's Starling

Burchell's 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: 2014-05-24
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: 2015-01-13 6:42
Viewed: 1632
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this Burchell's Starling in Orpen, Kruger National Park, South Africa. The name of the bird commemorates the English naturalist William John Burchell. Burchell's Starling(Lamprotornis australis) is a species of starling in the Sturnidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Distribution of Burchell's Starling in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first South African bird Atlas Project . Colors range from dark blue through to yellow. It has been recorded as prey of Aquila wahlbergi. It mainly eats arthropods, supplemented with small vertebrates and fruit, doing most of its foraging on the ground. The nest is usually a Tree cavity either natural or an abandoned Woodpecker or Barbet nest. It may also use a crevice in a cliff, hole in a building or a nest box, lining the egg chamber with grass, green leaves and feathers and sometimes cloth, paper, string and snake skin. Egg laying season is from October - April. It lays 2-4 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female for about 14 days. The chicks are fed by both parents, leaving the nest after about 20-24 days.

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Nice capture of this starling with metallic colors, Srikumar.
TFS & Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2015-01-13 6:53]

hello Sri,
A very striking species with this metallic plumage. Fine diagonal composition, sharpness is a little bit just,the color-combination gives to the shot an artistic touch.
Kind regards

hello Sri
very good composition with great sharpness and beautiful colours
great shot
thanks gr lou

Hello Srikumar

Perfect capture of Burchell's Starling(Lamprotornis australis)in a very nice composition, very beautiful this bright blue color morph,excellent sharpness and details. Thanks for sharing a so rare and nice post.



Hi Srikumar,
The metallic colour has been caught so nicely. Good POV and DOF

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-01-13 11:38]

Hi Srikumar,a fantastic bright blue very well exposed in the different light levels,beautiful specie in a elegant pose and beautiful composition too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Nice metalic color.Not easy to get prominent color due 2 shade,bt well done.RGDS

This are really beautiful birds and you show us every detail.

Hello Srikimar,
A very nice specie and colorful too....Excellent composition with lovely colors.

Hello Srikumar

Excellent capture of this exotic Starling, very fine POV and specially
the way with the tree it is framed, in a beautiful light, the catch-light
render always the photo more beautiful, TFS


Ciao Srikumar, greay capture of lovely bird with fantastic metallic colors, beautiful diagonal, fine details snd splendid sharpnrss, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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