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Splended starling (I think)

By Vince_S
Taken in the tropical house at Chester zoo.

Nikon D80.
Pop up flash
iso 1000

Tags: Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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23 Apr 2010 7:42PM
Did you mean 'superb starling'? I don't think this is one though. They have an orange belly. But some kind of starling and a lovely shot too!
andymark 10 1 England
23 Apr 2010 8:04PM
a starling i think it startling and wow
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2010 8:37PM
whatever it is I find this a great shot
Oliverpants 11 2 2 England
23 Apr 2010 8:44PM
Is it a violet backed starling? - very good shot anyway. Ann
23 Apr 2010 8:55PM
I think Ann might be right! Smile
Vince_S 11 10 England
23 Apr 2010 9:04PM
I will have to verify its name when I go back, if it is on the board.
23 Apr 2010 9:17PM
Nice sharp shot, not much to critique here, the only thing I can see is the tag, which could be taken out and possibly cropping the top of the shot a little.

Shroomer 13 14 167 England
23 Apr 2010 9:42PM
This is a superb exposure of a fine bird and a great eye. IMHO there is nothing wrong with a tag showing, 90% of Red Kites have wing tags and they stay on.
Great capture
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2010 12:35PM
I don't think there's any such thing as a `Splendid starling'. Looking at Wikipedia, it might be an Abbott's starling or a Violet-backed starling.

Anyway, you were looking for a critique of the photograph rather than your bird identification skills. Smile Not much to say, to be honest — it's a good shot. It's well exposed and nicely sharp. A little more detail in the white feathers would be nice but there is definition there so this isn't a criticism.

I like the way you've given the bird plenty of space to look into but I do think a slightly tighter crop would be better. There's quite a lot of empty space around the bird, especially above it. Even if you don't want to crop substantially, it would be worth cropping or cloning out the bright spot on the left-hand edge and it looks like you didn't finish some cloning or canvas extension in the bottom-right.

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