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Bali Starling

Bali Starling
Photo Information
Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Endangered, Zoo animals, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-30 11:49
Viewed: 4088
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A very rare Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi) photographed at Paignton Zoo, Devon.
Conditions: Indoors (Glass house), early afternoon, sunny. RAW mode, handheld.

General info, from arkive.org:

The Bali starling is one of the rarest birds in the world and relatively new to science being first described in 1912 by Walter Rothschild, from whom the bird gains its specific name. This medium-large starling is almost entirely white apart from black wing- and tail-tips and the striking, bare blue skin around the eye. The crest is long and drooping, the bill is yellow and the legs are a greyish blue.

Endemic to the island Bali in Indonesia and previously found throughout the northwest third of the island. A recent drastic decline has restricted the species to the Bali Barat National Park.

Inhabits monsoon forest and acacia savanna.

The Bali starling has been protected under Indonesian law since 1970 and the entire wild population occurs within the Bali Barat National Park. BirdLife International established the Bali Starling Project in 1983, with the cooperation of the Indonesian government and US and British zoos, in an attempt to save this species from extinction. Armed guards now protect the population within the park and captive-bred individuals have been released to bolster the wild population, which has reached as high as 55 individuals. The programme has been dogged with problems however, and in 1999 an armed gang stole almost all the 39 captive individuals in the park that were awaiting release into the wild; in the same year the wild population plummeted once again, this time to just 12 individuals. Despite ongoing conservation efforts the future of Bali's national bird is far from secure owing primarily to the demand for rare caged birds.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-30 12:24]

Hi Andy,
Very good shot of this rare bird!
Eye contact is great...Only a little overexpose on the chest.
POV and blurred BG are wonderful

very very beautiful shot. so clear and sharp. the bird is so stylish too. TFS!

Hi Andy
Excellent capture, great details
In a friendly way Christophe

Very nice picture, Andy.
The eye is amazing. Good POV and composition.
Nice colours and good details.
Very well done.

This is a great post. Both is quality of the photo and interesting find. I have never seen this starling. Sharpness comp everything comes neatly together. It's very good. My only nit is the shadows of the cage at the back?

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-30 16:24]

Hi Andy, what a super shot of the Bali Starling. Good composition with excellent sharpness and details. The whites are good too. Well done and thank you for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-30 16:49]

Hi Andy,

Greatn shot my friend! You really took some amazing, crystal clear shots with that lens. What's wrong with it?? ;)Seriously; when it focuses, it's seems to be in top condition. Exposure is spot on and the details are clear. Pose of the bird is nice and composition is good. The catchlight is there and the colors are saturated. I can't see anything wrong (apart from the visible cage in the back) with this picture. Well done & TFS!


Hi Andy, great shot :). I think your exposure is spot on. It's beautifully sharp and detailed and your composition is faultless. Nicely done :)

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-08-30 17:47]

Excellent shot!
Great exposure, good details in eye, very nice frame.

A great image Andy, really sharp. She looks so soft. An incredible looking bird.
Others have pointed out the cage, but this isn't a problem for me.
A perfect image, well done and thanks for posting.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-31 1:33]

Fantastic job, Andy. Just beautiful. Thanks for showing us such a rare and gorgeous bird. TFS. : )

Good shot Andy,
A very rushed morning, I like this capture.
Thanks for posting

I tried to get a shot of one at London Zoo, but this is excellent, nice shot.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-31 2:19]

HI Andy,
Great shot.
Nice sharp focus.
Great composition.
Nice details.
You have caught the bird looking at you .
Well done

What a lovely shot!
I've never seen this fellow before, it looks really nice.
The photo has perfect quality, any OE areas and great colours.
I like the composition and POV very much. I think it would've been also nice to use vertical framing here.
Overall, superb post Andy.

Hi Andy

Bravo!! Wonderful shot. No nits here! Perfect, thanks.

Good shot of this rare bird. Good composition and good sharp details, well done.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-08-31 16:19]

Rewelacyjna fotka Andy. ¦wietna kompozycja i doskona³a ostro¶æ. Fotka wysokiej klasy.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-08-31 21:38]

Superbe présentation de cet oiseau que je ne connaisais pas. La netteté est parfaite et la lumière fait bien ressortire les contraste de couleurs.

Félicitations !

Hello Andy,

I very much like this wonderful bird and your wonderful capture of it, with such lovely details, colors, exposure, pose and POV.

A great composition, well done and thank you!

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