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Iridescent Splendour

Iridescent Splendour
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-12 5:45
Viewed: 3688
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image gives a good indication of the many beautiful colours in the plumage of the Starling. The eye is a bit dark, but there is a slight glint of a catchlight.


Starlings have short tails, plump bodies and a yellow beak. They are good songbirds and have the ability to mimic.
In 1890, 100 of the birds were brought to New York City. They thrived so successfully that starlings are now found
throughout North America.

The adult male and female starling attain a length of about 8.5 in. Juvenile starlings are a uniform mousy brown in color. In late summer and fall, they molt into an essentially adult plumage, glossy green and purple almost concealed by large buffy-white spots at the tips of all the body feathers.

Sunlight on their plumage makes a rainbow of colors.

Males and females are similar in plumage color, but adult males have long hackle feathers on the breast; these are shorter in females and even shorter in yearling starlings.

A spot at the base of the bill provides the only color difference between the sexes-bluish in males, reddish in females.

Nests are poorly constructed out of grass and twigs in the hollows of trees or crevices of buildings, they will use bird boxes, or often pirate other nests driving the birds away. 4 to 6 whitish or pale blue unmarked eggs are laid.

The song of the starling is squeaky notes, clear whistles, and imitations of other birds.

Starlings feed on beetles, grasshoppers and other insects, plus fruits and grain.

Click on the link to view my other Starling photos Preening Starling and Starling


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 11:36 a.m.
Date: 14th June 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hello Pam!
Amazing shot of this nice bird! Especially wings... beautiful and unusual!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-12 6:51]

Right words Pam - Starlings are commonly know as 'black birds' but they're colorfull! Very good presentation showing us how colorfull they are. Good pose, light and details.

Hi Pam,
Humans blink at the wrong time during portrait sessions.
It appears your subject did the same. Nothing wrong on your part.
Excellent capture, well exposed, detailed and composed. TFS


A lot of people don't seem to like these birds, (meaning Starlings in general) and I am not sure why.

This one is very lovely Pam, and you have captured him well.

Beautiful colors and irredescence on his wings and neck.

Great job, thank you for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-12 11:49]

Pam, indeed, a beauty.

Excellent pov and composition. Great sharpness and vivid colors. The oof bg highlights the beauty of the bird.


beautiful shiny starling and you captured it in its full glory. TFS!

Hi Pam,
wonderful picture.
These bird are all over the world too. That is funny. I like this shot of this intelligent birds. Well done and TFS.

Pam, a nice capture. Composition is great and good colours too. A good one, very well done.

This is another fine shot of this bird Pam. It's well composed with sharp detail and excellent exposure.. I like it, Very well done!

Great shot again Pam,
Good detail and great POV. Nicely exposed. Nicely composed. Superb colours, good notes & Well captured, thanks for posting.
Have a great weekend.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-12 19:48]

Hi Pam, nice shot. It does give a good idea of the plumage. I don't think the eye is too bad - it's just you have been lucky/unlucky enough to catch it with the milky membrane over it - rather like an eyelid. Good shot.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-13 3:23]

Hi Pam. It is amazing what beautiful colors reside in the plumage of the starling, when caught in the right light. You did a great job on this one, with sharp details and beautiful colors. Well done and TFS. : )

Never thought I'd give points to a yuky starling but you've done an exceptional job here on this common pest.
I'm particularly impressed with the OOF background, really makes the irredescent plumage stand out well.
The eye is OK, these thing happen.

Beautiful very well captured good lighting and color

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