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Sturnus roseus

Sturnus roseus
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-07
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-07 11:49
Viewed: 2941
Points: 22
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This is not a good shot because the bird was sitting in a dense mulberry tree, barely visible in a maze of twigs and leaves with harsh, late afternoon sunlight, in the background but these Rosy Starlings(Sturnus roseus) are here now that these mulberries are loaded with fruits. The trees are thronged by all sorts of birds each day. The Rosy Starlings have crests and fluffy front feathers which become ruffled when the bird is talking in an excited manner and man, they are one hell of loquacious birds. Their talking is worth listening to.
The Rosy Starling or Rose-coloured Starling (Sturnus roseus) is a passerine bird in the starling family Sturnidae. It is sometimes given its own, monotypic genus Pastor. This split is supported by recent studies, though its closest living relatives are still not certainly known.
The adult of this species is highly distinctive, with its pink body, pale orange legs and bill, and glossy black head, wings and tail. Males in the breeding season have elongated head feathers which form a wispy crest that is fluffed and more prominent when the bird gets excited; the crest is shorter in winter and the black areas have paler feather edges, which get worn away as well as the black becoming more glossy in the breeding season. Winter plumage in males is rather dull. Females have a short crest and are duller overall, especially without the sharp separation between pink and black. The juvenile can be distinguished from Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) by its obviously paler plumage and short yellow bill. Young birds molt into a subdued version of the adult plumage, lacking the crest, in autumn and acquire the adult plumage when they are nearly one year old in females, and nearly two years in males. The latter in their second year wear a plumage similar to adult females but with longer crests and noticeably pale feather edges.
The Rosy Starling is a colonial breeder, and like other starlings, is highly gregarious, forming large winter flocks. It also shares other species' omnivorous diet, although it prefers insects.

The song is a typical starling mixture of squeaks and rattles, given with much wing trembling.

In Xinjiang, China, farmers used to use insecticide to eliminate locust, which is costly and polluting. In the 1980s, experts found that Rosy Starlings which fly to Xinjiang farms and feed on locusts could be used for control instead. The experts begin to build artificial nests to attract Rosy Starlings, an effort reported to be so successful that the number of locusts was insufficient to feed the birds, causing many juveniles die for hunger. By the 2000s many Xinjiang farms greatly decreased the usage of insecticide.(Wikipedia)

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Hello my friend!
You did your best Abid, I know ..the little Sony has some limitations , but more importantly I thing is the fact that you have managed to capture this Rosy Starling in the most incredible singing pose ...bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-07 12:27]

Hello Syed.
Good capture of this magnificant bird. Very nice pose and composition, sharp details, good BG and natural colours.Best regards Siggi

Hello Abid,
A very delightful and natural image with wonderful activity and an interesting note. What a pleasure to view.

Despite the difficult conditions a nice photo Abid! Interesting bird, beautiful pose and good sharpness.

Hello Abid,
A very nice bird. The colors and details are excellent. Very nice and natural colors.
The clarity and focus are great.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-08 0:35]

Hello Abid,
A nice photo taken in difficult conditions. Attractive singing pose. Maybe you should have made a vertical crop and so avoid all the leaves on the right side. Fine sharpness and natural colours.

Ciao Syed, lovely bird in nice sinmging pose,fine details, beautiful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Easter, ciao Silvio

hello Syed
great sharpness picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-08 12:56]

Hi Abid,a terrible backlight very well managed,this is the most difficult situation,a black bird in backlight is terrible...ehehe..but you work very well,i like the composition,the good details and the beack open,i can hear the song..ehehe....Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-09 0:42]

Not bad, beautiful bird calling here, composition could have been vertical. tfs.

Bonjour Syed,
L'arrière-plan est en effet grillé par une lumière un peu trop forte mais le sujet est tout de même relativement bien valorisé.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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