Not all is as it sounds - European starlingSpecies depicted: European/Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Time taken: 1 hour 20 minutes
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Tools of the trade: Photoshop CS5
Just this morning while walking the dog (finally some sunshine again) I had the privilige of listening to a male European starling sitting up in a tree. But instead of singing his own song, this talented bird was imitating others! He started off with super convincing frogs, followed by Common buzzard, Jackdaw, Nuthatch and ending with House sparrow before taking wing. These guys look totally stunning this time of year; a little after the new feathers so the iridescence is starting to come through while you can still see some spots sitting here and there. Because of that and my unbelievable laziness these days, I decided to do a speedpainting of one of them
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