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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-24 10:10
Viewed: 2894
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken today in the local car park. So this is why the bird was on the ground. They live on the nearby roof tops in a flock of about 50. As soon as a car arrives they fly down to see if you are going to feed them . They have much brighter coloured feathers in the winter time.
Taken hand held from the car.

Starling ( Sturnus vulgaris ) Length 22cm.

This is a familiar urban Bird in Britain and Ireland. And it is also common in rural areas.

Outside breeding season they form large flocks which roost in trees or on buildings.

There numbers are boosted in winter by the influx of continental Birds.

The Adults dark plumage is iridescent in summer and in the winter it acquires numerous white spots.

The Bill is yellow in the summer but dark in the winter.

The Juvenille is buffish brown.

Their varied song inclued clicks and whistles also imitates other Birds and man-made sounds such as car alarms.

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Ciao Nicholas. Stunning details and interesting pose. Good natural colours. My best regards.


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-08-24 10:14]

hello sir,
excellent picture of this starling . excellent details in the bird.
color is also cool. very nice pov



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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-24 10:24]

Hello Nicholas
A beautiful bird capture with natural colors and excellent details

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-24 10:24]

Hello Nicholas,
This is just an excellent composition, the detail in the plumage is just stunning, wonderful colours really well framed,
Best regards Siggi

Hi Nick
Very nice sharp image of this common but beautiful bird. Good sharpness, nice, natural colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-24 10:44]

Hello Nick,
What a beauty! Superb sharpness and details. Beautiful natural light, POV and an excellent composition.

Hello Nicholas,
Excellent picture of this starling, with natural colours, very good details and sharpness.

Hola Nicholas,
cuando cuelves a las aves nos dejas a todos impresionados !
Soberbios y sorprendentes colores muy bien captados. Un precioso trabajo.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-24 11:16]

Great colors and details!

The note really lets us understand the picture properly.
Fantastic capture from the car and that too with camera hand held.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-24 11:19]

What a wonderful bird.Beautiful colors and very sharp.

Hello Nicholas,

Suitable handling of optical parameters, f/7 + IS0 400 have allowed excellent light and good approach. I can appreciate that you've defined good technique for these pictures of birds. Please me details of the plumage, very complex and full of details and appreciable texture. Excellent result, compound good!

A note concise and useful!



Hi Nick,
i encountered with this beauty whlie i was in London but i could not take a good photograph:( Perfectly captured by you MF!
TFS and have a nice night!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-24 13:05]

Hello Nicholas,
Thanks for this pretty photo of starling because I like to watch them from childhood and know them habitats but I've newer seen in late summer and autumn from short distance.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Nicolas,

What an impressive capture of this beautiful bird! The colors are perfect with great textures of its feathers. The sharpness and POV are ideal along with very well mainted shallow DOF. very well done!

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

A strikingly beautiful pose sir Nick. I see you have not lost your touch...this reminds me a bit of Mario of Quebec..who has posted some in the boreal forest. Very nice..Stay healthy!

Hi Nick,

This is really a great shot of this Starling with lovely markings, colors & fine details. Excellent POV & Nicely done.

TFS & Regards


Ciao Nick, great capture of elegant bird in nice pose, fine details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus and lovely natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Great shot,interesting picture.Well done.Regards.Alin.

Hi Nick!

Very well detailed image of this wonderful bird. I bet it's not an easy one to image so nicely.. TFS!

Best regads,

Hello Nick,
what a wonderful portrait of the Starling, superb sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Best regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-25 6:33]

Slav Nck,
A very sharp capture of this beautiful starling in nice pose.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-25 7:10]

Hello Nick,
A very nice capture of a Starling using the car as a hide taken from a great fronat POV to shows its newly acquired winter plumage with excellent sharpness and colours. The turned head pose is just righ for this POV.
Thanks and all the best,

hello Nick
i am late
but yesterday i have no more points to give
this is a Beauty!!
super light and good details with beautiful colours
great shot Nick
greeting lou

Hello Nick
Ton oiseau n'est pas sur une branche ?
Cela n'empeche pas qu'il est splendide
Merci pour cette trs belle pose d'une grande nettet

Hello Nhicolas,

Great capture of this beautiful bird.
Fantastic colours with excellent details.
Light,focus and definition are superb.
Good composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-25 16:04]

Hi Nick,

I was hoping to find you here when I came back! I'm so glad you are out and about again. Stay well!! This is a darling Starling. Wonderful up close shot showing off his amazing plumage. I love the pose and the excellent details. Not a bird that we see here but I have seen them in my travels.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-26 1:56]

Hi Nico,what a beautiful composititon! It seem paint by the masters of french "pointillisme"!And very nice specie too,whit a impressive sharpness and a fantastic design.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-26 9:54]

Hello Nick,
I love this close-up of a Starling in a fine pose showing fantastic details and colours.
Very well done!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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