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By Maiwand
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.

Tags: Nature Starling Garden Bird Wildlife and nature

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 Mar 2013 2:51PM
Great action shot-- well chosen moment!

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
6 Mar 2013 2:58PM
A fantastic capture, Ron, superb detail in the plumage, and the perfect background. Carol
6 Mar 2013 3:01PM
Excellent Ron, great detail,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 3:05PM
what beautiful colouring you have caught here
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
6 Mar 2013 3:14PM
Excellent and very well timed capture,
richmowil Plus
9 335 2 England
6 Mar 2013 3:18PM
Tremendous light well captured = Superb Image! I like it a lot!
johnke 5 223 15
6 Mar 2013 3:40PM
Wow wow wow
6 Mar 2013 3:47PM
brilliant shot
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 3:53PM
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
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
6 Mar 2013 3:55PM
Superb pose and detail
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
6 Mar 2013 4:02PM
This is excellent Ron !! Really a lovely bird and an excellent write up too Smile
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
6 Mar 2013 4:10PM
Excellent detail and timed to perfection, capturing the wings at 'full stretch' (for want of a better word).
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
6 Mar 2013 4:10PM
Golden. A beautiful shot - very nice with both wings spread. Detail is spot on as always Smile

Herge88 11 40 4 England
6 Mar 2013 4:19PM
Great timing and a lovely defoccused backdrop.

Best Matt
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
6 Mar 2013 5:00PM
Caught this one in a great pose Ron.
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 5:34PM
Great shot Ron, well captured indeed.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
6 Mar 2013 5:37PM
The wing shape/pose makes this a winner, Ron. Excellent timing.

User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 5:43PM
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

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 5:47PM
A truly superb image here Ron.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 5:55PM
An informative and interesting narrative and a cracking supporting image.

Nathan Grin
Mike_Smith Plus
10 476 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 6:23PM
Very nice shot here Ron, these are stunning close up.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 6:40PM
Great pose and stunning detail, Ron.

6 Mar 2013 6:44PM
A STUNNER Ron, superbly done my friend Smile
6 Mar 2013 6:54PM
Superb capture.

Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
6 Mar 2013 7:30PM
Beautifully captured, Ron.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 7:31PM
An interesting write-up to accompany a bloody marvellous imageSmile

Top marks RonTongue

johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 8:17PM
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

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Mar 2013 8:28PM
A real belter Ron, you've timed this shot to perfection. Such wonderful detail and beautiful irridescent colours you've captured in the plumage
6 Mar 2013 9:09PM
Stunning.... Really stunning....
Jenny Smile
6 Mar 2013 10:50PM
A stunning capture!!
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
6 Mar 2013 11:19PM
Great colour Ron and terrific detail in the frozen wings.

Ray42 10 3 England
7 Mar 2013 6:23AM
7 Mar 2013 10:09AM
Super shot Ron. Great timing,
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
7 Mar 2013 10:28AM
Wonderful shot in all respects Ron, worthy of all the well deserved awards, classy shot,
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
7 Mar 2013 10:38AM
Thanks very much everyone.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 10:55AM

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

I quite agree Ron
a beautifully captured shot
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 7:52PM
A superbly detailed capture
milky 14 Wales
7 Mar 2013 8:05PM
Beautiful capture Ron excellent work----MilkyWink
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
8 Mar 2013 5:28AM
Top class indeed

Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 10:41AM
Excellent action shot.
LexEquine 11 19 United States
8 Mar 2013 5:10PM
Gorgeous Shot! ~
8 Mar 2013 10:43PM
Superb shot Ron. Excellent detail.

MossyOak 6 22 15 England
9 Mar 2013 10:33AM
Superbly timed and detailed capture Ron showing great plumage definition.
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2013 7:20PM
Caught at the perfect moment and pin sharp Ron.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2013 10:37PM
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
10 Mar 2013 5:42PM
Thanks everyone.
10 Mar 2013 7:10PM
Nothing to add here Ron- an outstanding image. A
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 8:54AM
Outstanding image you don't often see them in this original pose. Paul
11 Mar 2013 5:53PM
Superb capture..Lin
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
16 Mar 2013 9:56AM
Superbly detailed and perfectly timed to catch this brilliant pose with wings outstretched, Ron. The plumage patterning is so sharp and beautiful.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
20 Mar 2013 10:35AM
fantastic capture, how could I miss this!!

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