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Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling

Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Volkan's Best, Pentaxfriend's favorites, Vanderschelden's Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-11 15:34
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Favorites: 5 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lamprotornis is a large genus of Glossy starlings.
It is a Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling.

This Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling, or Greater Blue-eared Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus is photographed on a gravel road in the southwestern part of Kruger National Park; not far from Berg-en-Dal restcamp along the Matjulu Loop. The former link provides you also a clear view of Berg-en-Dal restcamp and the Matjulu Dam.

…from inside vehicle. No beanbag. IS on. Open window. Support is car door.

editing workflow
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS3

…kick the tires
Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
4/10/2007 16:15:43
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

Thank you for looking…
Annick Vanderschelden

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-11 16:09]

Hola Annick, un pajaro muy bonito, tonos azules que contrastan muy bien con el fondo, buen enfoque y una luz excelente. Un saludo

Ha Annick,

Fantastisch shot
kleur, POV, DOF en pose zijn Perfect
de details in de bevedering zijn Prachig

TFS Thijs

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-05-11 17:43]

Belissima foto exelente passaro muito bem focado parabéns.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-05-11 20:17]

Hello Annick,
Excellent shot! great details.Excellent POV and well saturated colours.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-11 20:33]

Hi Annick,
Outstanding portrait shot of this beautiful Starling. Lovely colours and details on its blue plumage and the yellow ring around its eye stands out so nicely. Superb lighting and exposure control and you have captured it in a fine pose with a precise DOF and well chosen low POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

unbelivable bird and pic, TFS Ori

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-05-11 21:50]

A superb portrait of this superb starling, Annick.
Everything in this shot is perfect.
The colors are totally awesome.
TFS : )

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-11 22:07]

Hi Annick

How come you hav not posted this before - it is wonderful! Great low POV with great eye contact, detail and glowing colours. I spent a while photographing these in the Kruger too.


Hallo Annick,

ook dit is weer en prachtige foto waarin de vleugelkleuren ook mooi uitkomen.

groet Gert

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-11 23:10]

bonjour Annick,
très joli oiseau bleu, inconnu pour moi à ce jour. Les contrastes de couleurs sont saisissants et son oeil jaune fait le reste.


Hello Annick,
The blue is so special from this Starling, really beautiful!
good pose of the bird with good sharpness, nice colour and superb details
well done

Hallo Annick,
Verschillende malen heb ik deze Groenstaartglansspreeuw ook gefotografeerd. Maar mijn opnames halen het niet bij deze. Schitterend! Hij is trouwens wel erg blauw t.o.v. de meer groene exemplaren die ik gezien heb. Je had blijkbaar perfect licht op de veren, want in zonlicht krijg je snel lichte en donkere contrasten. Een foto waar ik jaloers op ben.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-05-12 2:42]

Hi Annick,

What a beautiful bird in an excellent photo. Colours are great and details super!

TFS, Dan.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-12 3:52]

Hello Annick, What a colorful bird. superb. Lovely eye catch and the color of the eye is amazing. Well done annick. ganesh

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-12 4:12]

Hello Annick,
Yet another magnificent cpature from your lens and i cannot refrain from commenting on the beauty of the eye you have captured in this shot too.
The plumage colours can be admired only if one looks at that eye and get a feel of the contrasts provided by that "little round orangy-black button" against the glossy blue.
Good sharpness and wonderful BG.
TFS & Cheers

Hello Annick
Superb starling's capture with wonderful colour

Hi Annick

Wooow, stunning. Nothing to critique, he's beautiful.

Fantastic shot, great work my friend.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-12 7:54]
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Mmm, I like Glossy Starlings and this image strengthens that feeling, Annick.
This is a perfect portrait of a Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling from a fine low POV.
TFS this great shot,

bonjour annick
personellement je trouve qu'il manque de l'espace a droite de l'image mais je suis captivé en regardant l'image pour l'oeil de cet oiseau qui se detache du reste de sa livrée.
super piqué comme toujours.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-12 9:38]

Ha Annick,

Een schitternde opname,de kleuren zijn echt geweldig evenals de oof BG,fraai camerawerk,


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-12 9:56]

Merhaba Annick,
Daha önce varlığından bile haberdar olmadığım bu güzel kuşu oldukça kusursuz bir ustalıkla bizlere sunmuşsunuz. Hemen favorilerim arasına aldım. Tebrik ediyor, yeni karelerde görüşmeyi umuyorum. Elinize sağlık. Hüseyin

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-05-12 10:02]

hello Annick
congratulations for this successful capture and lucky day for this beautiful species
POV, pose, BG, light, colours and sharpness are great

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-12 11:10]

Hi Annick,

Wonderful shot of the striking Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling.
Superb pose and POV with nice sharp details and fabulous colours.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-12 11:22]

Hi Annick.
What a great solid man. Its costume is strong and amazing. I think shallow DOF is selected precisely in this case. Blurred BG underlines the model and its all fine features greatly. Bravo. Superbly done.

Hallo Annick,
weer een hele mooie! zeker qua kleur en scherpte!
Mooie POV en DOF!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-12 12:31]

Superb shot of this beautiful bird!!!
The colour of its plumage is stunning!
Very, very, very sharp and incredibly detailed.
Excellent light.
Brilliant composition.
Exceptionally well done!!


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-05-12 18:44]

Bonsoir Annick,
Superbe et original cet oiseau. Félicitations et merci pour le partage.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-12 19:02]

Hello Annick,
Splendid image my friend, that striking blue plumage has great details. Your normal outstanding work Annick, thank you.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-05-12 23:26]

Que voilà des couleurs originales.
Bonne journée.

Hi Annick
This is the best photo I have seen of this bird. The detail is almost life-like. The background is also perfect for the subject.

Hello Sir!

A beautiful picture with good blurred Back ground and Brilliant Sharpness.
The colours of the bird and its eye is really fantastic.TFS such a good picture

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-13 15:07]

Hello Annick, another wonderful shot of an incredible bird! Look at those eyes! Beautiful and technically perfect, well done again, thanks!


Hello Annick,
WOW! what a great shot, superb vivid colors, the blues are
so rich and vibrant, fantastic sharpness and depth of
field, the blurred background really makes that blue pop,
very good details and lovely catchlight, well done,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-16 8:51]

Hi Annick,

Can't get more beautiful than this. A stunning looking bird captured perfectly. The blues are magnificent and I love the yellow eye. Razor sharp details of the face, wings and plummage. Even the pose and background are wonderful.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-16 21:51]

Hello Annick

What a beauty!
Text book capture ,this is a remarkable image of a very beautiful bird.
wonderful lighting and colours,the eye detail is superb.
The plumage is awesome,with excellent definition and detail.
Great low POV.

Hey Annick,
An excellent close-up shot of this colorful bird. I like how the bird keeps eye contact with the camera. Excellent sharpness & detail, perfect POV. Excellent capture!!!

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-06-04 13:45]

Hi Annick,
Awesome capture of this beutiful colored bird.
Excellent details on the plumage.
Thanks for the informative note..

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-09-25 22:11]

beautiful colorful bird!
the focus and details are perfect!
nice exposure and dof


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