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Surfer on the Waves

Surfer on the Waves
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Nikon TC20EIII, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-11 22:49
Viewed: 3470
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Let me introduce to you my new neighbors. These are a pair of cute common starlings. They suited a nest under a roof of the next (countryside garden) house. They (or other one) do it every year. Nevertheless, this year they are not timid absolutely and allowed me to take many photos from rather short distance.

After long and very cold spring at once there has come hot summer. In the end of April record-breaking hot weather for all history of supervision in Odessa has been reached. This starling does not sing. It simply sits with open beak.

High ISO at the shot is my fault.

The Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European Starling or just Starling, is a passerine bird in the family Sturnidae.

This species of starling is native to most of temperate Europe and western Asia. It is resident in southern and western Europe and southwestern Asia, while northeastern populations migrate south and west in winter to these regions, and also further south to areas where it does not breed in Iberia and north Africa. It has also been introduced to Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, North America, and South Africa.

More info see here: Common starling.

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imaginative framing. good lighting and theme. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-05-12 2:26]

Hello Alexei,
Nice neighbours you have!
Excellent capture of this European Starling in breeding colours.
The POV showing its open bill pose is great and taken with fine sharpness and natural colours on the corugated roof, that provides good nesting conditions. The screeches of the young can be a bit bit disturbing though!
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hello Alexei,
great capture of this Copmmon Starling with good sharpness and a lovely singing pose. I also like the splendid light and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-12 4:04]

Hello Alex,
Very well chosen title for your shot! And excellent sharpness to show this bird with its metallic shining plumage so well. Interesting composition. We had this year also some nesting pairs in our surroundings, but quite high on trees. I never had seen so many Starlings around.
Take care and thanks for your kind words on my last posting.

Ciao Yannis. Good low POV and brigh colours for the detailed bird. Amazing metallic reflecions.


Bonjour Alexei,
Un bon angle de prise de vue et une excellente profondeur de champ valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle lumičre.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

This Starling is prettier than the ones we have in India, Alexei. European Starling has beautiful patterns and colours on its feathers and plumage.
This is a signature Alexei picture -- sharp, crisp and beautiful.
The blue sky makes a lovely background.
It had turned very hot here in north India but we had showers last night and the weather has turned cooler.
Best regards.

Hello Alex,

An excellent capture with such beautiful colors, details & pose. Great POV & composition.

Very nicely done & presented!

Regards & best wishes


really a beautiful starling,Alex
i like the posture and the management of light to make the most visual its characteristic plumage

have a nice w.e. sERGIO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-12 8:15]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice photo of this European Starling in beautiful colours and an attractive pose. Excellent sharpness and composition.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-05-12 9:15]

Privet Alexei,
Although the surface of the roof disturb composition but the starling look in sunbeams perfectly. His glossy plumage and typical pose exactly display beauty.
Regards, Pawel

hello Alex,
I'm glad to know your neighbors.
I have a crows family, that nest in front of my terrace! this year have 3 chicks.
Are very difficult to photograph them because i see only they heads from 5th floor. :)
your neighbors are realy great, have great details, wonderful colours!
nice w-e,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-12 10:16]

Hello Alexei.
Superb bird in great pose with fantastic plumage, wonderful details and superb sharpness.Best regards Siggi

Hello Alexei,
Impressive image with a interesting bird. It is a very nice photo taken from a good POV and with exceptional light. The details and sharpness are great. It is not easy to show the brilliant shinning feathers.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Alexei

The starling with his typical expressive pose,
great shot with fine POV and framing, excellent light,
great focus, sharpness, details and contrast, TFS


Hello Alexei.
Nice to know that you have beautiful neighbor. This is a fine starling capture with the curves of the roof-line against the blue sky. Lovely details of the plumage and very sharp image indeed.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Impressive photo Alexei! Nice pose, very good composition, wonderful colours and great good sharpness!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-05-13 6:02]

Hi, Alexei,
A lovely capture of this beautiful the Common Starling ..
Beautiful colours, great sharpness and a fine composition.
Have a nice weekend,

nice sharp picture with good composition. good colour also.

Ciao Aleksei, lovely composition with lovely bird on beautiful artificial waves, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-05-13 12:43]

Hello Alexei,
splendid image of this starling in a beautiful pose; excellent sharpness and light; great contrast with a blue sky. A beauty!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-05-13 14:02]

Hi Alex!
A lovely, colorful bird (new for me). Nice to have this bird as neighbor :)
Excellent capture my friend: focus and details of the bird are superb. Splendid light and very good contrast against the blue sky as BG.
Very well composed.
Ciao and nice week! Vanda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-05-14 9:32]

Hello ALexei,
A very fine view of a Starling in sparkling spring plumage! Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours that really stand out against the blue sky. We have many here too but they're often seen in the grass and hard to capture!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hola Alex, un bonito trabajo del estornino vulgar. En mi zona es muy abundante. En invierno hay grupos de más de 4000 ejemplares y en ocasiones es un problema especialmente para la agricultura. Pero también tenemos, aunque en menos cantidad el estornino negro: S, unicolor.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-05-14 16:36]

Hello Alexei,
I remember the first time I saw a Starling like this up close. I was surprised at the beauty of it's iridescent plumage. The tiny white specks really do remind you of stars in the night sky.
You did a fine job of capturing this particular fellow in a nice relaxed pose. Focus is tac sharp and exposure is right on the money. Great work!!

excellent details and perfect focus for this starling, congratulations Alex for the capture,
have a good time,

ciao, tino

Thanks for your critique Alexei, just too busy these days :)

Beautiful shot of the starling in breeding plumage. Great light and good composition


Hallo Alexei,
a very good capture of this European Starling, superb sharpness and marvellous natural colours
Best regards

Hi Alexei,
With the hope you return to the site soon... Again a breathtaking starling capture with incredible clearness. By my opinion everything was done the rightest way, the result of the high ISO you mentioned isn't visible at all. Beautiful composition and interesting note, as always from you. Lovely image, a photo to be proud of. Bravo. Ah, before forgetting: the title's great, too and fits the image very well. Tfs.
Have a great festive season, best regards, László

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