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Greater blue eared starling

Greater blue eared starling
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Date Submitted: 2009-02-02 1:32
Viewed: 4806
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today once again a posting of a common bird in krugerpark SA,mostly they are hanging around picnic spots or restaurants begging for food,so I thought this one looks a bit more natural,it was feeding on a tree (sorry dont know the name) in the satara restcamp (as many different other birds,the restcamps are great spots for photographing birds in the daytime (between the morning and afternoon gamedrive)),by the way this is my first try with Photoshop CS4,,hope you like it and tfw

The Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling is a 22 cm long, short tailed bird. This starling is glossy blue-green with a purple-blue belly and blue ear patch. Its iris is bright yellow or orange. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile is duller and has blackish brown underparts.

The populations from southern Kenya southwards are smaller than northern birds and are sometimes considered to be a separate subspecies, L. c. sycobius.

The Lesser Blue-eared Glossy Starling is very similar to this species, but the blue of the belly does not extend forward of the legs in that bird.

The Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling has a range of musical or grating calls, but the most familiar is a nasal squee-ar.

The Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling nests in holes in trees, either natural or excavated by woodpeckers or barbets. It will also nest inside the large stick nests of the Sacred Ibis or Abdim's Stork. The three to five eggs are greenish-blue with some brown or purple spots, and hatch in 13-14 days. The chicks leave the nest in another 23 days.

This species is parasitised by the Great Spotted Cuckoo and occasionally the Greater Honeyguide

The Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling is highly gregarious and will form large flocks, often with other starlings. Its roosts, in reedbed, thorn bushes, or acacia, may also be shared.

Like other starlings, the Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling is an omnivore, taking a wide range of invertebrates seeds and berries, especially figs, but is diet is mainly insects taken from the ground.

It will perch on livestock, feeding on insects disturbed by the animals and occasionally removing ectoparasites.

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Hello Paul,
Excellent capture of the Greater blue eared starling. Recently I had my first chance to photograph a starling but it was not at all beautiful like yours. This one is very colourful with its metallic blue- green and purple feathers and the POV you have chosen shows it well. The pose with a berry between the beak and the background are excellent.
Thanks for the share,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-02 1:44]

Hi Paul
Nice capture with vivid colors.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-02 1:45]

what a capture.
some incredible colors of the feathers, hypnotic eyes and nice pose


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-02 2:16]

Hello Paul,
A great shot! You used the limited DOF in the best way to acieve almost total sharpness of the subject in this capture of a feeding Great Blu-eared Starling. The POV and composition in the foliage of this tree (species of fig?) are superb.
TFS and best wishes,

Hello Paul,
great shot of beautiful glossy bird! Very nice vivid colours and interesting composition!

Best regards, Leonid

Hi Paul,

Nice sharp shot of the bird at the right time while it is holding on to food. Never knew there is a bird with these colors :). TFS.


Hello Paul,
The Greater Blue eared Starling is common in Kruger National Park. You captured the bird at a precise moment.
Well composed. I like the perch on that tree. I can't identify the tree.
Well done

Hello Paul,
Fantastic capture of this Greater blue eared starling. I like the superb eyes of the sartling, they are beautiful.
Very fine details with a great focus.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-02 3:04]

Hallo Paul,
Je moet altijd wat geluk hebben met deze spreeuwen. Wanneer ze precies de juiste positie in het zonlicht hebben, zijn ze schitterend van kleur. Jij had dit geluk. Plus nog eens met een vrucht in de snavel. Prachtige foto in uitstekende scherpte en een uitstekende compositie.

Hi Paul,
A nice capture of this beautiful starling. The eyes look terrific. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Paul

excellent close-up photography of this African bird,
shot from a fine POV and excellent timing to shoot it
at the birds that moment of fruit catching,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Just perfect, Paul,
those brilliant colours, the shimmering feathers, it's a great moment, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hallo Paul
deze staat er super scherp op
zo mooi van kleur
en op het juiste moment genomen
groetjes lou

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-02 11:01]

Hi Paul,

A magnificent capture of this Greater Blue with the food in his beak. His colors are just amazing - the blues and purple with the bright yellow eye are stunning. Excellent details of his face and feathers. A wonderful setting and composition.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-02 11:14]

Merhaba Paul,
Bu harika parlak lacivert renkli kuşu tanıtan enfes bir kare bu. Göz teması ve kompozisyon muhteşem olmuş. Tebrikler.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-02 11:53]

Hi Paul. This is a very colourful looking bird. Which you have captured so well showing its shine on the blue/green feathers. The large yellow eye stands out too. Good timing with a large fruit in its mouth. well done TFS.

Ciao Paul, great capture of beautiful bird with fantastic yellow eye and wonderful metallic reflections on plummage, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-06 6:11]

Hi Paul.
Great work of excellent photographer which is equipped with great equipment. Simply amazing reproduction of all details of the bird despite so special colouration. Timing also is perfect as well as surroundings. Well done and TFS.

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