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Canon
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Canon EOS 7D
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1/200 second
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400 mm
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Dec 11, 2012, 2:16:25 PM
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European Starling by JRd1st European Starling by JRd1st
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

I never realized how pretty these birds were until I saw this one through my lens.
These birds were brought to North America by Shakespeare enthusiasts because in Henry IV, Part 1. Hotspur is considering driving King Henry mad by teaching a starling to repeat the name of Hotspur’s brother-in-law Mortimer, whom Henry refuses to ransom out of prisoner status. “Nay, I’ll have a starling shall be taught to speak nothing but ‘Mortimer,’ ” Hotspur whines.

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:iconwindinthecoffeecup:
WindInTheCoffeeCup Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Super cool capture. :D
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Quixotic-Quidam Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Wonderful shot, maybe with pictures like these people will stop
thinking that darker feathered birds are dull =)
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's as dark, close up, as you think. :D
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a lovely bird.
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JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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Gatemage Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
a beautiful picture of a beautiful bird. Starlings are also one of a small handful of birds that can be found flying wild in the US and can be kept as a pet without any special procedure. most people don't realize how beautiful starlings are, but I rescued one and now she's a member of the family, so I get to look at one up close and personal whenever I want. it's amazing when she's sitting there on your finger and the light hits her just right.... and her throat shines purple, and her head shines blue, and her wings shine green and gold. just amazing.
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TurquoiseMoon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have never seen one in person myself, but they are very beautiful birds from all the photographs I have seen. I have also heard they chase other birds off, they can be quite mean? Anyway, nice shot!
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JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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sarehptar Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I normally can't stand Starlings--come into my yard and eat all my suet, ugh--but this is really gorgeous shot. I haven't seen one this uniform and with such bright markings in a long time.
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JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:boogie:
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