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By Maiwand
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.

Tags: Birds Wildlife and nature Strarling

Voters: helenlinda, CarolG, wolfy and 83 more

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helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 3:24PM
Splendid capture SmileSmile

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
10 Dec 2012 3:28PM
Fantastic, Ron, showing off his beautiful plumage to perfection. The background is an added bonus. Carol
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 3:44PM
Lovely capture, lovely birdGrinGrin
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 3:44PM
What a cracking shot, Ron caught just right. Great detail and so well presented.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
10 Dec 2012 3:49PM
Great colours and capture
superb shot. lovely colours and great timing.Smile
10 Dec 2012 4:07PM
jason_e 13 15 1 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 4:14PM
A top capture
debu 8 India
10 Dec 2012 4:18PM
Superbly captured.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 4:28PM
Stunning capture.
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 4:46PM
Great timing and management of light Ronnie, superb Starling
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
10 Dec 2012 4:56PM
Thanks very much indeed all.
Thanks to Ray (raymee330) and Fred (badgerfred) for the awards. Much appreciated.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 4:59PM
Superb image Ron.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 5:01PM
Two well deserved awards RonSmile

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

Awesome light

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 5:14PM
Isiprational wildlife photography. Stunning colour and detail throughout.

Regards Nathan
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 5:31PM
Just superb Ron, top notch.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
10 Dec 2012 5:42PM
A lovely shot of a starling in action. And I love the unusual coloured background. Very effective and different.
great capture love it. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
10 Dec 2012 6:43PM
Excellent shot Ron spot on
Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
10 Dec 2012 6:45PM
A really superb capture.
10 Dec 2012 6:58PM
OMG what a superb capture Ron, timed to perfection mate and the detail and BG superb Wink
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
10 Dec 2012 7:10PM
Oh my goodness this is perfection! Ann.
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 7:25PM
Superb capture and love the colours
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
10 Dec 2012 7:25PM
Thanks all.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 7:53PM
For the effort mateTongueWink
MossyOak 6 22 15 England
10 Dec 2012 8:23PM
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
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
10 Dec 2012 8:33PM
Superb capture Ron - the warm light has really enhanced the the plumage detail. Lovely wing detail too.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
10 Dec 2012 8:36PM
Perfect light and wingdetails

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
10 Dec 2012 8:49PM
Marvellous timing to catch him in mid air Ron, this is one of your very best Sir
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
10 Dec 2012 9:05PM
Thanks very much everyone.
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 9:09PM
Trust me to be late! And to have already given the UA away
Brilliant shot Ron really top class
Will be back tomorrow
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
10 Dec 2012 11:57PM
well I just HAVE to add another awards this is fantastic. superb timing and lighting!
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2012 7:38AM
Sorry Ron will not allow me to award nowSad
This is such a great image
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
11 Dec 2012 8:01AM
Very well done Ron that is one heck of a shot.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
11 Dec 2012 11:10AM
It's all been said Ron, wonderful in all respects,
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
11 Dec 2012 12:25PM
Wow....a bevy of awards for this gorgeous shot....Congratulations.
Glyn1 9 4 1 England
11 Dec 2012 12:54PM
The plumage is superb Ron as you say, and what a cracking capture.

Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
11 Dec 2012 2:22PM
Excellent timing.

tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2012 4:20PM
Must say this is a cracking picture. Bravo.
11 Dec 2012 5:19PM
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
11 Dec 2012 5:44PM
An absolutely BRILLIANT shot. Spot-on timing, superb detail and colour.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
11 Dec 2012 6:25PM
Gray_Ina I would love to see the South African varietes-- care to stump up the fare???????WinkWinkWinkWinkWink
Very many thanks to everyone.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
11 Dec 2012 6:53PM
'Stunning Image!' ~ Peter Smile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2012 9:20PM
Bliddy marvelous
11 Dec 2012 9:41PM
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.
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
12 Dec 2012 12:03AM
Stunning capture, Ron - superb timing, detail, wing movement blur and wonderful rich, heart-warming colours. Outstanding work.
12 Dec 2012 5:34PM
Absolutely stunning Ron - top drawer stuff! Lou
A Booth 16 11 4 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 7:25PM
the stunning plumage well recorded. nicely composed colourful compositon. (thanks for the award on the Kate image).
12 Dec 2012 10:46PM
glorious colour in this one, lovely shot
13 Dec 2012 7:46AM
A superb image Ron - well done indeed. A
Tibetan 6 3 England
13 Dec 2012 11:34AM
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
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2012 7:26PM
Lovely shot Ron i think Starlings are a stunning bird
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 12:12PM
Just seen this wonderful portrait of one of my favourite birds - magnificent.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 12:30PM
Wow - congratulations on all the awards Ron, which are well deserved. Love starlings! Smile
18 Dec 2012 7:32AM
BRILLIANT! Spot-on timing, superb detail. A sure-fire winner SmileSmileSmile

helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2012 12:26PM
Stunning and well deserved awards here Ron SmileSmile

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