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Happy New Year

Happy New Year
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Copyright: Sion Roberts (irishprophet25) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 21 N: 280] (1118)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Tamron AF70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-31 7:17
Viewed: 3312
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a picture of a female starling (i think) that I spotted just on a hedge close to a bird feeder as we drove past, so I quickly rolled down the window and got a couple of pictures.
I hope you enjoy and I wish you all a happy New Year.

Sturnus vulgaris is 22 cm (8.5 inches) in size. Its nests can be usually found in tree holes and birdhouses. They are well known for taking foreign nests for their own use. Starlings generally live close to houses and buildings. They tend to fly in small flocks. In danger they fly very close to one another in order to confuse the predator. The females have up to 9 eggs, which are white to pale blue or green. They feed on small invertebrates, berries and food provided by humans of course.
The Common starling has a very colorful plumage. It is purplish-black on the head and on the chest. The wings have a green hue whereas the wing ending is brownish. There are pale markings all over their body. The bill is yellow.

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hello Sion

also for you Happy and Healthy Year 2010,
excellent photo of the Starling with fine POV and framing,
fine focus sharpness and details of its dark plumage, TFS


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-31 7:46]

Hi Sion,
An exceptional landscape, so finally the year!
Another magnificent composition, the last one in 2009. We look forward to in November 2010 with beautiful pictures and comments pleasant.
I wish with all my heart so you and your family how much successful year coming few hours.
Thank you for visiting the beautiful comments you have made to my photos.
Best thoughts,

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-31 7:47]

Wonderful shot MF.
I wish you a Happy New Year!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-31 8:06]

Hi Sion. I am never to sure about the male or female of the Starlings. Which ever you were able to get a fine close up showing the markings with fine detail.taken with natural colours. TFS.

A Happy New Year to you and your famiy my friend.

Hello Sion,
Great shot with lovely details and excellent colours. It's a wonderful close up photo with many details. I never get so close to a starling, to take a proper shot.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-31 9:19]

Hello Sion,
excellent capture, sharp image with nice details of the plumage, well composed shot, nice lighting, lovely pose,well done.
Happy New Year to you and your family!
Best regards Siggi

Dear TN friend, I wish you a happy new year, love and peace,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-31 10:13]

Hi Sion,
Excellent capture of this Starling.Looks like 3D.Sharpness,details and pose of bird are perfect.I wish Happy and Healty New Year for you and your family.
Thanks for posting..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-31 15:24]

Hi Sion,

I love Starlings and we don't have them here in Tucson. It's a pleasure to see this wonderful shot. The face, wings and plumage are beautiful. The colors and details are excellent even if you say you are a beginner. I wish I had started taking pictures at your age. I hope you and your family have a healthy and happy New Year.


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2010-01-01 7:45]

Hi Sion,

Wonderfull shot , great details and sharpness of the female starling.
Very nice lighting and excellent pose.
I wishes you a happy new year 2010 for you and your family.
Take care.

Simple and beautiful pattern on the bird's feathers. Good background, congratulations!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-23 19:07]

Hello Sion,
An outstanding image of this beautiful starling. The detail is tac sharp and the colors are simply gorgeous!!


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