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Emerald Starling

Emerald Starling
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-09 10:18
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The Iris Glossy-starling, Coccycolius iris, is also known as the Emerald Starling. It is a small starling with a metallic green crown, upper body, wings and tail. The ear-coverts and underparts are metallic purple. Both sexes are similar. Its placement in a monotypic genus Coccycolius is disputed; some unite it with many other glossy-starlings in Lamprotornis.

One of the smallest species among starlings, the Iris Glossy-starling is distributed in West Africa. It inhabits lowlands and savanna of Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Iris Glossy-starling feeds on figs, Haronga berries and other fruit, seeds, ants and small insects such as ants. The cup-shaped nest is built in a tree cavity.
This image of this species was taken in a bird park in Northern Johannesburg.

Image taken in RAW, ISO1000, Aperture priority mode and spot metering.

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Hi George,
another excellent photo of bird. Great vivid colours. Excellent composition.
Have a nice weekend,

  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-09 11:42]

Hi George,it's a green pearl this bird! What a capture,what a colors and what a composition...just my greats compliment,impossible to critique a perfection like that.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

Ciao George, lovely bird with fantastic metallic colors, beautiful blurry BG, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi George,
Excellent shot of this colourful starling.Great colours,DOF and composure.

Hello George,
A very nice capture of a very colorful bird.
Exceptional details, lovely natural colors and perfect focus as usual.
Outstanding light and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

  • paolo49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 366 W: 63 N: 888] (6200)
  • [2011-09-10 0:45]

Hello George , another great shot with perfect light and details. Fantastic and interesting subject. All the best, Paolo

Bonjour George,
Très bonne maîtrise de la lumière permettant d'apprécier des couleurs resplendissantes.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-11 7:53]

Hello George,
What an amazing metallic two-colored plumage this Starling is lucky to have. Most beautiful! I like the decentred presentation of your picture and I think that the grey surrounding is an ideal combination with the color of the plumage. As usual just great!
Kind regards

So VIBrANT! It's like the peacock of starlings! What is spot metering? This is a personal favorite, can't wait to experiment with this aperture! (my camera came in!!)

  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-19 18:37]

Hello George,
I remember seeing one of these little beauties a few years ago in a zoo. I was stuned by the awesome iridescent green coloring. I can only imagine what a whole flock of these birds would look like while inflight.
Outstanding shot filled with excellent detail and just the right exposure. Great work!!

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