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Superb Starling

Superb Starling
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 DI LD (IF)Macro, Digital ISO 400, 77mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-30 4:20
Viewed: 2905
Points: 14
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Genus: Lamprotornis
Species: L. superbus
Binomial name: Lamprotornis superbus(Rüppell, 1845)

The Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) is a member of the starling family of birds. It can commonly be found in East Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

This species is 18 to 19 cm (7–7.5 inches) 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.

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."

This species feeds on the ground.

The Superb Starling is similar to Hildebrandt's Starling also found in East Africa. The Superb Starling is distinguished by having white eyes, as opposed to red eyes in the Hildebrandt's.

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Hi Thijs,
Wow, a beautiful bird with vivid colors you got to capture! And you have done that very nicely - the focus is sharp and it is looking like as if it was sitting still, letting you take its picture. I love the contrast of this shot. Nice details, good POV and great composition.
Anil Purohit

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-08-30 4:46]

Hi Thijs.
What a great bird picture as well as a wonderful pictured model. We have not such beautiful birds here. Pictured scene is amazing at whole too. Your new lens works greatly. I like it a lot. However, its AF speed on a Nikon bodies is very bad. That is why I was compelled to prefer more expensive lens of this range. Superb work, TFS and kind regards.

Hallo Thijs,

zo in een dierentuig geschoten, wat een pracht plaat van je.
Mooie composite en goede scherpte en prachtige kleuren.
misschie iets meer uit de hoek voor een linnendoek.

groet Gert

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-30 6:39]

Starling, superb image with good composition and colors. tfs.

hallo Thijs
Erg mooi zo als hij daar zit
super scherp en mooie kleuren
een goede achtergrond waardoor hij er nog mooier uitkomt op de foto
groetjes lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-30 8:08]

Hallo Thijs,
Echt een vogeltje dat je in elk vogelpark en veel dierentuinen tegenkomt. Ik heb ze ook veel in het wild in Afrika gezien. Vooral in zonlicht of kunstlicht schitteren ze erg mooi. Zoals in deze foto. Schitterend van kleur en goede scherpte. Het oog knalt er uit op de foto! Prima achtergrond voor een dierentuin. Goede compositie.

Hello Thijs,
Wondeful capture with beautiful colours, fine details, excellent BG, POV and composition. Well done!

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