Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
|Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi)
|Date Taken: 2015-10-31|
|Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
|Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2015-11-04 1:19|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European Starling or in the British Isles just the Starling, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family Sturnidae. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long and has glossy black plumage, which is speckled with white at some times of year. The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults. It is a noisy bird, especially in communal roosts and other gregarious situations, with an unmusical but varied song. Its gift for mimicry has been noted in literature including the Mabinogion and the works of Pliny the Elder and William Shakespeare.|
The Common Starling has about a dozen subspecies breeding in open habitats across its native range in temperate Europe and western Asia, and it has been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, North America, South Africa and elsewhere. This bird is resident in southern and western Europe and southwestern Asia, while northeastern populations migrate south and west in winter within the breeding range and also further south to Iberia and north Africa. The Common Starling builds an untidy nest in a natural or artificial cavity in which four or five glossy, pale blue eggs are laid. These take two weeks to hatch and the young remain in the nest for another three weeks. There are normally one or two breeding attempts each year. This species is omnivorous, taking a wide range of invertebrates, as well as seeds and fruit. It is hunted by various mammals and birds of prey, and is host to a range of external and internal parasites.
Large flocks typical of this species can be beneficial to agriculture by controlling invertebrate pests; however, starlings can also be pests themselves when they feed on fruit and sprouting crops. Common Starlings may also be a nuisance through the noise and mess caused by their large urban roosts. Introduced populations in particular have been subjected to a range of controls, including culling, but these have had limited success except in preventing the colonisation of Western Australia. The species has declined in numbers in parts of northern and western Europe since the 1980s due to fewer grassland invertebrates being available as food for growing chicks. Despite this, its huge global population is not thought to be declining significantly, so the Common Starling is classified as being of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.(Wikipedia)
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- [2015-11-04 2:16]
Nice picture of this Starling in good sharpness and natural colours.
nice pic of this starling under difficult light conditions. Like its inclined position.
- [2015-11-04 6:13]
Hi Siggi,very nice pose,it seems curious watching something new..ehehe...beautiful capture well exposed and very sharp,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
very good picture of this bird
good details and nice colours
thanks gr lou
- [2015-11-04 19:16]
A great shot of the common European Starling which highlights is beautiful star studded plumage. Very good detail is shown and colors are true and natural. Wonderful eye contact and the intense gaze on it's face adds character to the subject.
excellent capture, the bird is suprerbly focused, good lighting and great natural environment
Have a good night
Nice to see this Starling in its natural habitat. Very nice color and well details.
Thanks for showing this nice species,
Regards and have a nice WE,