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juvenile Metallic Starling


Posted by gregc on Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:12 pm

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A young juvenile Metallic Starling (Aplornis metallica) with the white-streaked underparts. This one has only the tiniest iridescence starting to come through on the head and shoulders - makes the images much easier to capture compares to the adults. This one will be from the first brood of the season, they appear to spend a lot of time helping the adults with nest renovations. This particular nest did not appear to have chicks hatched, but with the shallow focal plane you can see the entrance clearly, and there was a lot of activity in and out with nesting material.

ISO1000, 400mm, f6.3, 1/200 2x fill flash, by Canon.

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by Dan Kearl on Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:44 pm
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Nice habitat photo and the Eye is spectacular.
 

by david fletcher on Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:52 am
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Dan Kearl wrote:
Nice habitat photo and the Eye is spectacular.


+1 Greg.  Super comp and as mentioned, a spectacular eye. 
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by Carol Clarke on Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:10 am
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Great to see the adult and juvenile for comparison, Greg - two excellent captures. Nice to hear that the 'teenagers' help around the home - not something that happens so often in the human world nowadays........

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by peter makuch on Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:06 pm
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very nicely done on this capture and well documented as-well.
 

by Mary Brun on Fri Nov 26, 2021 4:34 pm
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peter makuch wrote:
very nicely done on this capture and well documented as-well.

I agree with Peter.
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by paul fletcher on Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:04 pm
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An excellent image, Greg, with the habitat presented so well in your photograph. Nice to include a comprehensive description of the scene, as well.
The Starlings' eye, certainly adds a special "touch" here, also.
 

by ADKShooter on Sat Nov 27, 2021 5:23 pm
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paul fletcher wrote:
An excellent image, Greg, with the habitat presented so well in your photograph. Nice to include a comprehensive description of the scene, as well.
The Starlings' eye, certainly adds a special "touch" here, also.


+1.  I actually prefer the slightly higher composition of the subject starling in this latest image.  In both, the eye of the bird is very effectively brought out by the perfectly used fill flash.
 

by Karl Egressy on Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:48 am
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Lovely composition.
 

by Axel Hildebrandt on Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:16 pm
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Great to see the differences between adult and juvenile, thanks for sharing.
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