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White-shouldered Starling

White-shouldered Starling
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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: 2011-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-21 8:24
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,
I’m back from a short holiday in Germany. I visited Weltvogelpark Walsrode and have a lot of new photos. This one is the first.

This is the White-shouldered Starling, Sturnus sinensis.

It is 18,5 – 20,5 cm. Monotypic.

Habitat: Open areas with scattered trees, scrub, cultivation, coastal habitats; up to 400 m.

Range & Status
Breeds in S. China; mostly winters to south, Taiwan, S. Japan. Locally common in SA Asia. Also recorded on passage Cambodia.

Breeding: March-June
Nest: Pad or rough cup, on hole in tree or buildings.
Eggs: 3-5; very pale blue.
Voice: Soft ‘Preep' when flushed and harsh ‘kaar’ when agitated.

Source: Birds of South-East Asia by Craig Robson

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Hi Peter,
very nice photo of this bird. Very good point of view and colours.
Have a nice weekend,

Wow, dear Peter! it is a fantastic shot showing this beautiful and strange bird which I see for the first time in my whole life.Soooo cute!What a charmant color it has! And what beautiful eye!!! Excellent job! Many congrats! I´m forward to see more !!! Please, keep on posting your brand new shots, ok?
Nice w-end!

Ciao Peter
beautiful image with soft colors and perfect definition!

Hi Peter

This is a stunning shot. The use of the branch and low POV to lead to this beauty is brilliant executed. The highlight on the forehead is just the icing on the cake. Very nicely done.


Hello Peter,
lovely capture of this beautiful bird with good sharpness and natural colours. I especially like the fine eye contact and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-21 9:24]

Hi Peter,how is nice this starling and how are delicate the details and the colors of your pic,a beautiful work in a difficult light,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter
Beautiful image,fine texture and colors,well captured.
Best regards

Yes, just Peter, not Hi or hello Peter because I am very jealous. What can I say that your samenstelling does not. Fantastic!!!! Are you taking Macro's off birds??? Magnificent detail, eye sparkle, soft yet very clear sharpness, and aan stunning DOF. Excellently geven my friend.

Ciao Peter.
Complimenti una foto stupenda,grande nitidezza ,belli i colori ottima la composizione bravo.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Peter,
Another great capture taken from an ideal POV with excellent sharp details and nice colours. I also like composition and clear BG. Well done!

Beautiful and interesting bird Peter! Beautiful photo too! Excellent composition, wonderful lighting and impressive sharpness.

Hi Peter,

Very nice picture of this beautiful little bird with fine details & colors.
Taken from a good POV & great sharpness. Very good eye contact.
Well done & TFS.

This one very good looking and interesting bird. Nicely detailed photo with soft light. regards yiannis

Hello Peter,
Absolutely amazing bird. The colors, details and focus are perfect.
Very nice POV. Outstanding sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-21 12:47]

Hello Peter,
superb capture of this White-shouldered Starling with a very nice pose and fine eye contact. I also like the good sharpness, the natural colours and the blurred background.Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-21 14:55]

Hello Peter,
What a great photo of this interesting bird,nice colors and excellent sharpness.The POV,details and composition are very good...
Have a nice weekend!...

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-21 22:45]

Bonjour Peter,
Très belle image pour ce sujet bien mis en valeur dans cet environnement.

Ciao Peter, nice bird in great pose on a lovely blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-22 0:58]

Beautiful species and wonderful color of the bird captured well. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-10-22 7:37]

Hello Peter,
A beautiful capture of a species of starling new to me.
Its soft plumage was taken with just the right sharpness and the eye contact is excellent. Very pleasing POV and a suitable composition against a good neutral BG. with excellent exposure in the low lighting.
Thanks and best regards.
I hope to be back to normal after our move in December.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-22 8:05]

This image is splendid, Peter!
Great sharpness and lightness, fine detail,delicate shades of colours, very nice background.
Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-22 9:33]

Hi Peter!
Excellent portrait of this cute bird, captured in nice pose. Splendid light, which makes wonderful details and colours.
Very well done.
ciao! Vanda

this is a macro picture for birds, excellent details and perfect focus on the eye, congratulations Peter !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Bellísimo ejemplar -y muy bien plasmado- que no creo haber visto nunca.
Un verdadero placer el poder descubrir nuevas especies a través de tu cámara.
Saludos Peter: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Peter!

Interesting bird very ell captured. Thank You for info about this interesting park in Germany.I must immendiately get some information about this place.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-23 5:11]

Hello Peter,
You returned to Walsrode to chase other birds...the first picture is already excellent!! How fine the colors here, this special Asian Starling is most beautiful, I never had seen it either. Excellent fine and soft bird-picture.
Thanks and kind regards
PS I just see that our critiques crossed each other :-)

Ciao Peter. Fine details here and excellent focused. Tender natural colours for the small one.


Hello Peter,
Beautiful picture of this lovely bird, great clarity and very good sharpness, lovely highlighted eye and beautiful colours against the background, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-24 8:05]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful portrait of a nice bird.Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

Hallo Peter,
a fantastic portrait, superb sharpness, marvellous natural colours, excellent point of view
Best regards

Nice White-shouldered Starling, good POV
greetings, Ferran

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-01 2:23]

Hello Peter,
starlings are so special and so many unique characteristics. This one I have never seen and it is so pretty and pleasant.
Look so simple. you have shown it very well indeed,
The silvery and shiny view is `really pleasant and exciting.
Well done again.


Hi Peter, this is a spectacular shot of this beautiful bird. Excellent sharpness, detail and POV. You did a great job capturing it. Have a wonderful week, Bill

Hi Peter
Wow, what a super portrait of this White-shouldered Starling. I've never heard of this species before. Excellent sharpness, colour and lighting. A stunning image.
TFS Janice

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