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The European Starling

The European Starling
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Copyright: Piotr Kurosz (kurekpit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 611 W: 120 N: 629] (2811)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-03
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Tamron SP AF28-75/2.8 XR Di LD, Sandisk Ultra II 2GB, CPL DGH Marumi
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): *Beautiful Birdies, kurekpit photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-03 15:41
Viewed: 2494
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 96
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The European Starling


The European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris, is a passerine bird in the family Sturnidae.This starling is native to most of Eurasia, but has been introduced to South Africa, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
The Starling lives in a variety of habitats and can be found in any reasonably open environment from farmland to salt marsh.

These birds will eat almost anything, including farmland invertebrates and berries, and garbage. This is a highly gregarious species, forming huge flocks in winter, and providing a spectacular sight and sound as they descend into evening reed-bed roosts, often attracting birds of prey such as Merlins or Sparrowhawks. Large roosts (exceptionally up to a million birds) can form in city centres, causing a great deal of mess from their droppings. Flocks are also noted for forming a tight sphere-like formation in flight, then expanding and contracting and even changing shape, all seemingly without any sort of leader.

The 19-22 cm long European Starling must be one of the most familiar of birds in temperate regions, with its shiny black plumage spangled with white. Confusion is only likely in Iberia in winter, when it has to be distinguished from the closely related Spotless Starling, which, as its name implies, has less spotting on its plumage. Adult male European Starlings are less spotted below than adult females. Juveniles are dull brown, and by their first winter resemble adults but are browner especially on the head.

Starlings walk rather than hop. Their flight is quite strong and direct; they look triangular-winged and short-tailed in flight. In most of Europe, only the rarer and much paler Bohemian Waxwing shares this flight profile. This is a noisy bird uttering a wide variety of mechanical-sounding and melodic sounds, including a distinctive "wolf whistle." Starlings are also noted as mimics, like many of its family. In captivity, Starlings will learn to imitate all types of sounds and speech earning them the nickname "Poor-man's Myna".

Info From Wikipedia


Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Lens:Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di IF
Focal Length: 75,0 mm
Exposure Time: 1/100Sec.
F-stop: f/4,5
ISO Speed - 100
Image Quality - RAW

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 350 W: 105 N: 198] (7374)
  • [2007-02-03 15:44]

Hi Piotr,

I love this image...

great composition... the texture of the ground is same with the starling feathers... :)

wonderful light and nice pose...

like the simple BG as well...

my congratulations to you...

Very sharp and beautiful colours
Great compo.
Well done.

Nice macro image, Piotr,
The sharpness and details are very good, the colours are very natural.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards, Evgenia

Great photo! Very sharp and the position of the bird is just right.. as if he's looking into the camera. The details of the coat of the bird come out perfectly. Great job Piotr!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Excellent shot!
Great POV,
nice hazy background
sharp details and good composition
very eye catching
absolutely fantastic
Really great, wish it was mine TFS
Nicely exposed and well composed

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  • kapil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 45 N: 68] (502)
  • [2007-02-03 16:44]

Hi Piotr
Amazing shot...
You have very amazing collection of all animal portraits

Hi Piotr
A good sharp image. The detail on the feathers is good. The background is nicely out of focus. Well done.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-02-03 17:18]

Hola Piotr. preciosa nitidez y bella captura, magníficos detalles, saludos

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  • tsumeb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 54 N: 279] (2204)
  • [2007-02-03 18:48]

Fantastic depth of field. An excellent portrait. Sharp and crisp.
Well done, Piotr.

Hello Piotr!
Very sweet bird! Nice colours and great clarity! Fantastic image!
Excellent done!

Hi Piotr,
A superb shot on this starling. Great quality light and a spot on exposure here. The colors and detail in the plumage are amazing!
Very well down.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2007-02-04 4:28]

Nareszcie cos nowego PIter ;)
Super fotka i fantastyczna ostrosc!
No zajefajne zdjecie!

usmiech jutro ;)

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-02-04 9:03]

Beautiful shot of this bird, the light and colours are great, the control of the DOF is perfect.
Very well done!

Salut Piotr
Très belle photo, avec une très grande précision dans les détails.

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2007-02-04 12:06]

Witaj Piotr,
Wspanialy portret ptaka,wysmienita ostrosc oraz swiatlo. Perfect.

Hello Piotr, I never say a picture of that bird so well taken, so sharp and the details so sharp!

Very good close-up on the bird, no noise. Perfect image and colours! Perfect dof.

Very well done! Take care, Yan :)

ps: thank you very much for your review on "Golden Retriever Playing in the Snow". I am very happy that you like it coming from a nature photographer :)

Wow, excellent capture. Sharpness, details and DOF are amazing.

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  • NecipP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 669 W: 16 N: 404] (4722)
  • [2007-02-04 23:26]

Nice sharp detail good DOF and nice background well taken composed and framed TFS rgds Necip.

Hello Piotr,
great POV on capturing this sterling!
perfect sharpness with clarity, awesome colour and details
very well done

  • Great 
  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-02-05 12:23]

selam Piotr;
mükemmel bir fotoğraf karesi..eline sağlık selamlar

Hi Piotr,
Very beautiful bird.Sharp, colours and details are excellent.TFS.



Hi Piotr
Very very nice shot ....well done tfs

Czesc Piotrek!!!...kolejne cudne zdjęcie!!!!idealna ostrosc,piekne kolory....naprawde udany strzal!!!!Ptak wyglada wspaniale...
Dzieki za Twoja opinie!!

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-02-07 19:42]

LOVE IT! Beautiful bird great details and colors. Good bg and framing. He's sooo cute looking. TFS

Hello Piotr,
This is a very well detailed portrait of this Starling. It looks very much like the ones we have here. I like its pose, composition, exposure and great details. Well done! Thanks,

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  • jacobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 597 W: 28 N: 650] (4739)
  • [2007-02-09 19:54]

Great picture of this starling. They are very common here in winter.
Pictures is very sharp with great colouring.
Well done!

Hi Piotr,

Lovely capture!! Nice composition and details. I like her feathers. Nice DOF. TFS.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 482 W: 69 N: 18] (72)
  • [2007-02-11 12:03]

hello Piotr
here is beautiful starling photo. i like composition, point of view, background, colours, sharpness, details and framing in your photo
thanks for sharing

Beautiful shot Piotr! Very nice catch on a beautiful bird!

VEEERy nice details on this bird Piotr. Well contrasted against the simple, uncomplicated background. I like how the texture of the bird resembles the texture on the ground.

Superb capture of the starling. Terrific sharpness and texture. DOF is really good. TFS. Danilo

Rezor sharp
Good DOF

superbe prise, que de détails !
C'est très beau.

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  • orkhan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 632 W: 152 N: 366] (3549)
  • [2007-02-25 11:09]

I'm impressed by the good quality of your Tamron lens !
Ususally, we need a 300mm too have such a beautifull picture.

Hi Piotr,

Great closeup shot of this starling..The details of this bird are very clear in this shot.


Hi Piotr

An outstanding shot of this beautiful bird. Top quality with the light just perfect. :-)

Hi, Piotr.
Great capture of this beautiful bird! Excellent sharpness, details and nice hazy background. Good use of light. Very well composed. TFS (",)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-03-09 14:21]

Lovely starling shot, the markings look great. They steal all the bird food in my garden in a big mob but I still think they are beautiful. Pin sharp shot, great light, perfect DOF and good POV



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  • Konie Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 29 N: 298] (3006)
  • [2007-03-10 6:41]

Without a doubt, this is a great capture Piotr. Excellent sharpness of the starling against a glassy looking background. Congratulations and TFS.


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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2007-03-12 14:28]

hi Piotr. nice shot of the starling. colors and sharpness is great plus the blurr BG. cool bird, staring at the camera. :)
Nice! Thanks for sharing.


Sharpness, DOF, colour saturation, POV this image has it all!

Well captured!


lovely macro shot of this bird
its sharp and very detailed
i like it

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 156 N: 602] (8359)
  • [2007-03-15 17:43]

Great work Piotr, there is a lovely clean quality and texture to all of your pictures and this is no exception.
Well composed and perfectly executed.
Wonderful shot!
Thanks for sharing.

HI Piotr!
Nice capture, cristal clean and sharp, very good POV and DOF, great composition and interesting note!

Hi Piotr,
Excellent Starling close-up my friend.
I like your pov,dof,blurred bg,frame,colors,focus and sharpness.Well Done.TFS

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  • fff Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 600 W: 0 N: 40] (2738)
  • [2007-03-26 21:30]

Hi Piotr when i see those beautiful pictures of the birds i want to buy one of this SLR cameras there one problem they are heavy this image it is superb no words tfs want to see more birds bye Shimon

This is top notch Piotr. Superb focus, nice OOF bg (love the blues) excellant detail on the Starling...not much to say here my friend other than it's as close to perfection as a photo can be. Very well done. Lyndon

Very good close of the starling. Good sharpness. Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2007-04-14 16:05]

Well done again on this one Piotr, very sharp and clear. Nice pov, good work. Thanks,


Great clarity and details. I like its brown and white feathers contrasting with the blue BG. Excellent capture.



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