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Starling (sturnus vulgaris)
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 ranging from the Mabinogion to the works of William Shakespeare
(info courtesy Wikipedia)
Hope you will enjoy this shot of this charming bird.
My grateful thanks for the very flattering response to The Kestrel. I am most appreciative. Particular thanks to Steve (sparrowhawk) David (johnjo58) and John (johnke) for their User Awards.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:500.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Dec 2012 - 11:08 AM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Starling
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:6 Mar 2013 - 2:46 PM
Tags:Bird, Garden, Nature, Starling, Wildlife / nature
Votes:102

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 2:51 PM

Great action shot-- well chosen moment!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 2:58 PM

A fantastic capture, Ron, superb detail in the plumage, and the perfect background. Carol

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
6 Mar 2013 - 3:01 PM

Excellent Ron, great detail,
Fred.

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barbarahirst
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6 Mar 2013 - 3:05 PM

what beautiful colouring you have caught here

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saeidNL
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6 Mar 2013 - 3:14 PM

Excellent and very well timed capture,
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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 3:18 PM

Tremendous light well captured = Superb Image! I like it a lot!

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johnke
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6 Mar 2013 - 3:40 PM

Wow wow wow

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sparrowhawk
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6 Mar 2013 - 3:47 PM

brilliant shot

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 3:53 PM

I was here only a moment ago and already you have a number of followersWink at least I am near the top and not having to scroll down for miles and milesSmile well captured shot Ron, great detail

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lonely_oryx
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6 Mar 2013 - 3:55 PM

Superb pose and detail

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
6 Mar 2013 - 4:02 PM

This is excellent Ron !! Really a lovely bird and an excellent write up too Smile

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 4:10 PM

Excellent detail and timed to perfection, capturing the wings at 'full stretch' (for want of a better word).
Ronnie.

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 4:10 PM

Golden. A beautiful shot - very nice with both wings spread. Detail is spot on as always Smile

Anne

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 4:19 PM

Great timing and a lovely defoccused backdrop.

Best Matt

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 5:00 PM

Caught this one in a great pose Ron.
Brian.

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Brian65
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6 Mar 2013 - 5:34 PM

Great shot Ron, well captured indeed.
Brian

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 5:37 PM

The wing shape/pose makes this a winner, Ron. Excellent timing.

Dave

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bobhowell
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6 Mar 2013 - 5:43 PM

Hi Ron

Love the wing spread and detail in this bird. I never knew about the colour changes etc so lovely to get this info, I shall have a closer look at these in future now more after seeking your stunning picture and info

Bob

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franken
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6 Mar 2013 - 5:47 PM

A truly superb image here Ron.

Ken

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NDODS
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6 Mar 2013 - 5:55 PM

An informative and interesting narrative and a cracking supporting image.

Nathan Grin

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Mike_Smith
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6 Mar 2013 - 6:23 PM

Very nice shot here Ron, these are stunning close up.

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rayme330
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6 Mar 2013 - 6:40 PM

Great pose and stunning detail, Ron.

Ray

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WindowonWildlife
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6 Mar 2013 - 6:44 PM

A STUNNER Ron, superbly done my friend Smile

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 - 6:54 PM

Superb capture.

P.

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Norfolkboy
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6 Mar 2013 - 7:30 PM

Beautifully captured, Ron.
Colin

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tomcat
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6 Mar 2013 - 7:31 PM

An interesting write-up to accompany a bloody marvellous imageSmile

Top marks RonTongue

Adrian

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johnjo58
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6 Mar 2013 - 8:17 PM

This is an exceptional photo Ron, super timing to capture a moment. The whole thing has an iridescent quality about it, one of your best

David

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Glostopcat
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6 Mar 2013 - 8:28 PM

A real belter Ron, you've timed this shot to perfection. Such wonderful detail and beautiful irridescent colours you've captured in the plumage

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Jenny-D
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6 Mar 2013 - 9:09 PM

Stunning.... Really stunning....
Jenny Smile

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leontari
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6 Mar 2013 - 10:50 PM

A stunning capture!!
Effrossini

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Trev_B
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6 Mar 2013 - 11:19 PM

Great colour Ron and terrific detail in the frozen wings.

Trev

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 6:23 AM

Excellent

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Alan_Baseley
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7 Mar 2013 - 10:09 AM

Super shot Ron. Great timing,
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FeatherFriend
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7 Mar 2013 - 10:28 AM

Wonderful shot in all respects Ron, worthy of all the well deserved awards, classy shot,
Geoff.

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Maiwand
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7 Mar 2013 - 10:38 AM

Thanks very much everyone.
Ron

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7 Mar 2013 - 10:55 AM


Quote: Wonderful shot in all respects Ron, worthy of all the well deserved awards, classy shot,
Geoff.

I quite agree Ron
a beautifully captured shot
Lillian

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Meheecho
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7 Mar 2013 - 7:52 PM

A superbly detailed capture
Steve

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milky
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7 Mar 2013 - 8:05 PM

Beautiful capture Ron excellent work----MilkyWink

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8 Mar 2013 - 5:28 AM

Top class indeed

Peter

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Jat_Riski
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8 Mar 2013 - 10:41 AM

Excellent action shot.

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2013 - 5:10 PM

Gorgeous Shot! ~

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8 Mar 2013 - 10:43 PM

Superb shot Ron. Excellent detail.

Jane

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 10:33 AM

Superbly timed and detailed capture Ron showing great plumage definition.
Richard

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tonyng
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9 Mar 2013 - 7:20 PM

Caught at the perfect moment and pin sharp Ron.

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9 Mar 2013 - 10:37 PM

Excellent!
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10 Mar 2013 - 5:42 PM

Thanks everyone.
Ron

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10 Mar 2013 - 7:10 PM

Nothing to add here Ron- an outstanding image. A

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11 Mar 2013 - 8:54 AM

Outstanding image you don't often see them in this original pose. Paul

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11 Mar 2013 - 5:53 PM

Superb capture..Lin

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 9:56 AM

Superbly detailed and perfectly timed to catch this brilliant pose with wings outstretched, Ron. The plumage patterning is so sharp and beautiful.
Sylvia

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annettep38
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20 Mar 2013 - 10:35 AM

fantastic capture, how could I miss this!!

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