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The Starling (sturnidae)
Starlings are birds often ignored but in fact seen closeup they have the most stunning plumage and, in the right light, will positively shine. Managed to get this one just as he alighted on to the branch and was quite impressed with the display of the wings.
Hope you will enjoy looking.

Very many thanks for the very generous response to the Snowy Owl. How I would love to get one in the wild !!! Particular thanks due to Brian (Brian65) and Bob (Bobhowell) for the UA.
Ron

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:500.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Dec 2012 - 10:35 AM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/4000sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Daylight
Title:Starling
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:10 Dec 2012 - 3:20 PM
Tags:Birds, Strarling, Wildlife / nature
Votes:85

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 3:24 PM

Splendid capture SmileSmile
Helen

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 3:28 PM

Fantastic, Ron, showing off his beautiful plumage to perfection. The background is an added bonus. Carol

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Fefe
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10 Dec 2012 - 3:44 PM

Lovely capture, lovely birdGrinGrin
Diane

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 3:44 PM

What a cracking shot, Ron caught just right. Great detail and so well presented.

Ray

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 3:49 PM

Great colours and capture

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ImageProducer
10 Dec 2012 - 4:06 PM

superb shot. lovely colours and great timing.Smile

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Badgerfred
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10 Dec 2012 - 4:07 PM

Superb,
Fred.

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jason_e
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10 Dec 2012 - 4:14 PM

A top capture

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debu
debu  4 India
10 Dec 2012 - 4:18 PM

Superbly captured.
debu

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CaroleS
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10 Dec 2012 - 4:28 PM

Stunning capture.
Carole

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johnjo58
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10 Dec 2012 - 4:46 PM

Great timing and management of light Ronnie, superb Starling
David

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 4:56 PM

Thanks very much indeed all.
Thanks to Ray (raymee330) and Fred (badgerfred) for the awards. Much appreciated.
Ron

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franken
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10 Dec 2012 - 4:59 PM

Superb image Ron.

Ken

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96182 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 5:01 PM

Two well deserved awards RonSmile

Judging by the EXIF, you were attempting this, or something similarWink

Awesome light

Adrian

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 5:14 PM

Isiprational wildlife photography. Stunning colour and detail throughout.

Regards Nathan

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Brian65
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10 Dec 2012 - 5:31 PM

Just superb Ron, top notch.
Brian

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 5:42 PM

A lovely shot of a starling in action. And I love the unusual coloured background. Very effective and different.
x

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christinecilia
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10 Dec 2012 - 6:18 PM

great capture love it. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 6:43 PM

Excellent shot Ron spot on
mike

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Norfolkboy
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10 Dec 2012 - 6:45 PM

A really superb capture.
Colin

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 6:58 PM

OMG what a superb capture Ron, timed to perfection mate and the detail and BG superb Wink

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AnnJ
AnnJ  3 Scotland
10 Dec 2012 - 7:10 PM

Oh my goodness this is perfection! Ann.

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JuBarney
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10 Dec 2012 - 7:25 PM

Superb capture and love the colours
Ju

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 7:25 PM

Thanks all.
Ron

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tomcat
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10 Dec 2012 - 7:53 PM

For the effort mateTongueWink

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 8:23 PM

Excellent timing and sharp detail mid hover for the food ron. Lovely light and has to be one of your best by far
Gets the Mossy Award
Richard

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91929 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 8:33 PM

Superb capture Ron - the warm light has really enhanced the the plumage detail. Lovely wing detail too.
Brian.

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jaktis
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10 Dec 2012 - 8:36 PM

Perfect light and wingdetails

Peter

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Glostopcat
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10 Dec 2012 - 8:49 PM

Marvellous timing to catch him in mid air Ron, this is one of your very best Sir

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 9:05 PM

Thanks very much everyone.
Ron

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 9:09 PM

Trust me to be late! And to have already given the UA away
Brilliant shot Ron really top class
Will be back tomorrow
lillian

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annettep38
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10 Dec 2012 - 11:57 PM

well I just HAVE to add another awards this is fantastic. superb timing and lighting!

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2012 - 7:38 AM

Sorry Ron will not allow me to award nowSad
Lillian
This is such a great image

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan  4 England15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2012 - 8:01 AM

Very well done Ron that is one heck of a shot.

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FeatherFriend
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11 Dec 2012 - 11:10 AM

It's all been said Ron, wonderful in all respects,
Geoff.

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Joline
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11 Dec 2012 - 12:25 PM

Wow....a bevy of awards for this gorgeous shot....Congratulations.

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2012 - 12:54 PM

The plumage is superb Ron as you say, and what a cracking capture.

Glyn

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Hop-A-Long
11 Dec 2012 - 2:22 PM

Excellent timing.

Andy

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tonyng
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11 Dec 2012 - 4:20 PM

Must say this is a cracking picture. Bravo.

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Gray_ina
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11 Dec 2012 - 5:19 PM

Hi Ron just browsing and this stood out and hit me,,,, stunning , superb,,love starling great colours and boy you should see the south african varieties regards gray

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fificat100
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11 Dec 2012 - 5:44 PM

An absolutely BRILLIANT shot. Spot-on timing, superb detail and colour.

Lavina

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2012 - 6:25 PM

Gray_Ina I would love to see the South African varietes-- care to stump up the fare???????WinkWinkWinkWinkWink
Very many thanks to everyone.
Ron

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2012 - 6:53 PM

'Stunning Image!' ~ Peter Smile

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11 Dec 2012 - 9:20 PM

Bliddy marvelous

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PaulB45
PaulB45  3 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2012 - 9:41 PM

First class shot Ron and I would totally agree with you, these birds do have superb colour and markings when caught in the right light as you have captured with this one.
Paul

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 12:03 AM

Stunning capture, Ron - superb timing, detail, wing movement blur and wonderful rich, heart-warming colours. Outstanding work.
Sylvia

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42413 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
12 Dec 2012 - 5:34 PM

Absolutely stunning Ron - top drawer stuff! Lou

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A Booth
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12 Dec 2012 - 7:25 PM

the stunning plumage well recorded. nicely composed colourful compositon. (thanks for the award on the Kate image).

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Karen_Summers
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12 Dec 2012 - 10:46 PM

glorious colour in this one, lovely shot

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accipiter
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13 Dec 2012 - 7:46 AM

A superb image Ron - well done indeed. A

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
13 Dec 2012 - 11:34 AM

Generally a very under rated bird! not by me I might add, excellent capture here Ron, love the light and detail superb photo, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7212 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 7:26 PM

Lovely shot Ron i think Starlings are a stunning bird

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LynneJoyce
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15 Dec 2012 - 12:12 PM

Just seen this wonderful portrait of one of my favourite birds - magnificent.

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AnnChown
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15 Dec 2012 - 12:30 PM

Wow - congratulations on all the awards Ron, which are well deserved. Love starlings! Smile
Ann

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fificat100
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18 Dec 2012 - 7:32 AM

BRILLIANT! Spot-on timing, superb detail. A sure-fire winner SmileSmileSmile

Lavina

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helenlinda
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22 Dec 2012 - 12:26 PM

Stunning and well deserved awards here Ron SmileSmile
Helen

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