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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Colourful Birds, Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-12 5:45
Viewed: 8923
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Superb Starling captured in Tanzania 20D @ 400mm, handheld.
Most of my shots from Africa are from a car but not this one. I get 2 beer during my lunch... we had to continue our trip to Kenya's border. I asked for one stop in the middle of nowhere to visit a toilet which was a bush. I always had my camera with me during my trip (even to toilet :) and I found this guy in the bush surprised seeing me :)

The Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) is a member of the starling family of birds. It can commonly be found in North East Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
In suitable areas it's quite often seen in company with the less common Hildebrandt's Starling. It's quite easy to miss the Hildebrandt's because of the considerable similarity between the two birds. The Superb Starling differs from Hildebrandt's in having white, not red, eyes and a white breast-band. The colour and markings can be, or seem to be, quite variable. In some lights the entire head, back and wings can seem to be a glossy blue with no markings at all.
I am going to post even Hildebrandt's Starling so you can see the different.

Rolf, Bufo, taba, SelenE, uleko, Argus, undoredo, Hil, JoseMiguel, coasties, RAP, SkyF, pauljk, jmp, oscarromulus, Jonas_Schmitt_, darwin, elizabeth, sranjan has marked this note useful
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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2006-12-12 5:59]

Cool shot and story :)
Excellent details and expression of the bird.


don't know what you did to this bird,
but he looks mad,
nice image, wonderful colors,


Hello Ralf,
Finally, this is a good thing that you had 2 beers at lunch; it gave you the opportunity to see this little wonder! This is a very colorful bird that you caught with excellent details, POV and composition. He is looking right at you wondering, what he is doing there? Well done with great notes. Thanks,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-12-12 7:14]

Hi Ralf,
this is some superb shit!! Even the glossy parts on the shoulder seem to glow.
But what about the colours? I have seen quite a few of these superb starlings, but I never noticed that they were so colorful (but I've never seen them so close either).
Great work!

Hello Ralf,
Its like color riot their.A single bird with so much colors.Nice capture.Specially the eyes are so sharp with black surrounding. Every thing is perfect POV, Compostion, Colors, sharpness. And always keep ur cam with you :) TFS


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-12-12 8:13]

Hi Ralf
what a fantastic capture...
Great details ( the eyes are increadible! )
fantastic colours and DOF and POV...
well done.

Hi there, great shot. Good DOF and detail on the bird. I love his expression, he really looks mad. Well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-12-12 9:46]

Hi Ralf,
This is a superb photo of the Superb Starling! Great sharpness, colors, details, focus and exposure handling. Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-12 10:07]

Hello Ralf,
I think this is really terrific but I'm puzzled about your sharp colours like Bufo. It would be good if you describe what you do pp or what light circumstances you had?
TFS, Ulla

You have captured this bird very well - a superb shot of a superb starling.

Hi Ralf,
You do have to shoot more from the toilet 'cause image is a beauty.
Outstanding sharpness, pose, details, compo and so forth.
Seldom seen such a great toilet-shot:-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-12 10:29]

Wow, Ralf!
This is really superb! Your sharp, colourful and well-composed shot has made maximum use of what this splendid bird has to offer the photographer.

Förresten, tack för komplimangen!

Hello Ralf,
Amazing shot you've taken!!
Delicate details, outstanding DOF and colours, You captured very nice moment. I love it!!
Thans for sharing your beautiful bird's photo.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-12 13:37]

Hi Ralf

Very nice shot of this really beautiful Bird, Lovely composition and a great pose, I love the expression of the bird it really looks in a grumpy mood, the details are just superb and the colours are stunning.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-12-12 13:59]

Great colors and great pose. Sharpness and details are very nice. he looks a bit grumpy LOL

Hello Ralf,
You got and incredible bunch of bright colors from the dark surroundigs...dont know how you maked it, but the result is impressive, specially in the eyes of the bird, almost equally well iluminated both in opposite sides.
The composition is very well balanced, and the POV works great.

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-12-12 18:02]

Nice birds with nice colors, Ralf. The picture are very clear and well contrasted. Well done

Hi Ralf
It is wonderful photo,excellent colours, details and sharpnes,Well captured

* Piotr *

Hi Ralf

Lovely shot. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice colours. Lovely to view. TFS.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-13 7:53]

Great image full of colors and sharp definition Ralf.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: ****
Background: *****
Framing: *****
DOF: *****
Focus: *****
POV: *****
PP: ** (using a zoom on the image an exaggerated Unsharp is perceived in the contour of the bird)
Frame: ****
Note: ** (lack the values of the image)

Interesting post with very nice composition.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-14 10:13]

Hi Ralf,
he looks kind of angry... Not hard to miss him though with all those colors. Gorgeous capture. The pose and the colors are fabulous. Very well composed with excellent POV and great sharp details.

bonjour ralf
splendide est le mot que je trouve le plus approprié pour ce cliché au couleurs metallique et tres vives.

Hi Ralf,
Great capture. The colours just pop off of my screen. Excellent timing and good note.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-30 10:49]

Hi Ralf,
I find this bird very angry with you and very well captured. Sharpness, colors, pose and gesture are spot on!
TFS, José M.

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  • Auoui (7)
  • [2007-01-09 18:22]

It seems like she didn`t want you to find her at least thats how angry she seems.

Great work!


Man you got a great portfolio, this is a great shot love how the colours stand out with the darker background. rgds Necip

Thanks for posting this BEAUTY.
Maybe you are unaware of its song. It is one of the most melodious.
Great photography, my friend.
Excellent clarity and focusing.
Best regards from Canada from Mario.

great contrast, TFS ori

Hello Ralf.

Excellent picture, very goo details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Nice and very sharp picture of the colorfull bird!Excellent point of view and fine frame.

Brilliant capture ralf.
All aspects in image
just excellent tfs jon

Hi Ralf

What an awesome photo with wonderful colours for instance visual impact. The DOF, clarity and composition are just superb. Well done!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-10-11 3:08]

Ralf, he's so colourful - what a bird!! And look ar that glare he's giving you.
Well captured,

Hi Ralf
what a fantastic capture...
Fantastic colours. I love his expression

Hi Ralf
Excellent photo, you have captured a very nice moment.


Excellent details and expression of the bird.

Dear Ralf,
I agree with Selen that it is superb photograph of superb starling, though in grumpy mood. This happens to be your intro picture too ;) TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-15 4:28]

Hi Ralf,
I dont have much to ...indeed it is really superbs. superbs in its natural creation and superbs the way you captured it. Skillfully and expertly.
You produced a top class shot.


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