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Superb Starling

Superb Starling
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Colourful Birds, Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-24 5:22
Viewed: 5848
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken at the Bloedel Floral Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, B. C.

Superb Starling
Lamprotornis superbus

Physical Characterics:
Head-Body Length:
17 cm
The exact color and markings of the superb starling can vary. However, they are usually a glossy black/blue/green color with white eyes. It has a white breast band and a chestnut breast and stomach.
Geographic Range:
Northeastern Africa
Woodlands, thorny bush, acacia country, urban areas
Omnivore: insects, berries, human refuse
The breeding season for these birds varies. Both parents incubate their 4 eggs and care for the chicks.
Social Structure:
Superb starlings feed in groups on the ground. They are found in small groups but they never flock.
The superb starling spends hot hours resting, preening, and singing softly in a leafy tree.
No special status
Interesting Facts:
When singing the superb starling often mimics other birds.


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Hello Manyee

Great coloured plumage on this bird. Good POV. The looks to be some noise in this shot, but I am working on my notebook and sometimes it doesn't give me the correct colours etc. Nice work anyway. Thanks.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-24 5:50]

Suberb is rightly named Manyee. Just stunning - one of the brightest birds I think I've seen. The colours are so irridescent. Good composition and the details and colours are "superb". Well done.

Manyee, this is a excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-24 6:18]

Hello Manyee,

Superb colors on this one. Well composed and a great POV. The Bg seems to be abit grainy and the focus on the head looks a wee bit soft but other than that this is very nice. What are the colors on the ground? Those colors look marvelous. Well composed also. Well done & TFS!


Hi Manyee,
this a beautiful picture of a bird. I like it very much.

Nice capture Manyee, Vivid colors!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-24 11:36]
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Beautiful and interesting shot for this superb butterfly ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Manyee.

Hi Manyee,

This is a very nice picture of this bird, TFS.


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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-07-24 21:59]

Great shot, Manyee. The colours are absolutely beautiful, especially the deep blue around the neck. Excellent detail and good depth of field. Well captured.

Not bad for a zoo shot, but I have to agree with Pieter, there is a bit of background noise that could have easily been removed and the focus is a bit soft. Seeing as you didn't fill in the exposure details its a bit hard to advise anything.
The colour in the wild is probably linked to diet. The better the diet, the better the plumage.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-07-27 14:05]

Hi Manyee,
really it is a supermodel...
wonderful colors...
thanks a lot for sharing...

Nice capture of this colourful critter. Good POV and DOF, maybe oversharpened a fraction. I'd be tempted to clone out the "man made" fencing? in the top left corner and the bright triangle in the top right corner, as this would make the photo more "nature like" ;-)

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-11-20 2:37]

Hi Manyee.
Wonderful colors !!!nice picture of this bird.GOod photo.

Holy mackerel, Manyee!

What a startling starling!

Love the colour; love the iridescence

And that evil [bull's] eye!


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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-02-02 12:20]

Hi Manyee,

this Starling is really beautiful and shows his beautiful colours. It's a pity that the picture is a little bit fuzzy, thanks for the informative text!


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