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Common Starling by MichelLalonde Common Starling by MichelLalonde
The Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European Starling or just Starling, is a passerine bird in the family Sturnidae.
This species of starling is native to most of temperate Europe and western Asia. It is resident in southern and western Europe and southwestern Asia, while northeastern populations migrate south and west in winter to these regions, and also further south to areas where it does not breed in Iberia and north Africa. It has also been introduced to Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, North America, and South Africa. (taken from Wikipedia)
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Ashenpelt Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great shot of this bird, he's really cute. I have one of these little guys at home, hand-raised.
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MoonchildLuiza Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Lovely, as always.. :)
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav: Luíza, always a pleasure to hear from you. :iconyourocksonicplz:
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TujoThePanda Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hear this fat bird is so chubby because it eats everything.
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yes it does. :iconimhighplz:
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great shot! :D
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BazarDeLaNature Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
le détail des plumes est irréel :love:
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
Encore merci Adeline. :)
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hotpinkdragon Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student General Artist
aww! all of these birds are cute! nice photography! :D
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Alexus . :)
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hotpinkdragon Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student General Artist
you're welcome! :D
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Ragnar949 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
nice shot.


thankfully then come nowhere near my feeders. btw, their feathers make some great wetflies.
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nice close-up! These little guys are prettier than you would think as they are cleaning out your bird feeder for the second time in a day!
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks. I heard that many times before but strangely, the other birds seem to keep them away from our feeder.
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Around here the other birds don't get much chance to get to the feeder with the Starlings around. I hate to chase them but I have to.
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Livfan09 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous photo! I like starlings:) Their feathers are quite pretty!
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Mali, I like them too. :)
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AmAndArInI Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I always thought that these kind of birds were totally black but as it seems I am wrong. o_O
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Nora. I did not know until now that they were originally from Europe.
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AmAndArInI Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I think here in Greece we call them "blackbirds".
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Davigar Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
As very beautiful picture! Great approach and Box
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Elías for all those :+fav:
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zemimsky Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
common but cute :D
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Emilia :)
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1-90 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good photo.
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :)
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1-90 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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Wolfdrappa95 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
It's beautiful! good shot. :D
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks and thanks for the :+fav: :)
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Wolfdrappa95 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
no prob
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abravewolf Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great detail. I've never archieved photographing birds in this level of detail. What lens do you use?
Really good pic. Seems you've a lot of birds in your gallery. All of them amazingly sharp.
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Arthur. The camera-lens data is at the bottom of the page.
This one was shot with a then $10,000 400mm 2.8 but I get as good detail with other cheaper lens. This one let me shoot an extra 2 hours in the evening because of it's 2.8 aperture.
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abravewolf Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
You've got a pretty nice lens then. Figures why with my $800 bridge camera i can't shoot that sharp hahahaah. Great pics!
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Zafer-Aistra Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh. I've got about 20 (probably more, no joke) in my backyard alone. Juveniles and adults and chicks. Quite pesky.

However, this is a very good photo. Birds are always difficult to photograph since they're so skittish, and I've noticed starlings are even more on edge than other birds. Or, at least the ones I'm dealing with are. Still, great quality and beautiful detail on the feathers. It's amazing the see the subtle colors hidden in the initially black coat. The greens and browns and golds. Good job. :)
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MichelLalonde Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yes.. very hard to photograph, maybe one good shot among hundreds of just black birds on a branch or on the lawn. :)
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Zafer-Aistra Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It definitely takes a lot of patience and a steady hand.
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