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dalethorn

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Starling on the Ground at the Zoo.
« on: May 24, 2009, 10:48:14 AM »

I don't know for sure that this is a starling, but it's the closest match I could find in the Smithsonian Birds of North America.
Panasonic G1, daylight auto-exp., ISO 400.
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Starling on the Ground at the Zoo.
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009, 11:05:32 AM »

better be careful around that guy, Dale. He looks POed that you're taking his picture.

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2009, 07:59:32 PM »

Quote from: dalethorn
I don't know for sure that this is a starling, but it's the closest match I could find in the Smithsonian Birds of North America.
Panasonic G1, daylight auto-exp., ISO 400.


Yup.  European Starling, breeding plumage.

Nice shot too...

Mike.
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dalethorn

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Starling on the Ground at the Zoo.
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2009, 09:31:15 PM »

Quote from: wolfnowl
Yup.  European Starling, breeding plumage.
Nice shot too...
Mike.

Thanks Mike - the book described the main part of the body as "black overall with iridescent sheen of purple and green."  I recall growing up here long ago when starlings were considered to be rather a pest, but I don't remember the coloration like this.  Maybe it's just luck that the lighting showed off these colors on this particular shot.
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