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Not all is as it sounds - European starling by namu-the-orca Not all is as it sounds - European starling by namu-the-orca
Not all is as it sounds - European starling

Species depicted: European/Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Time taken: 1 hour 20 minutes
References used: [link] [link]
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 :) Reference images are from google and of course belong to their respectful owners.

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Avalaa Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colours round the neck

They are amazing although sometimes annoying when they imitate car alarms and phones
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, those indeed are gorgeous in Starlings :D And yes, they can be quite annoying at times...
Avalaa Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Namisao Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Omg the picture is amazing =D
I really like the European Starling very much =D
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! They indeed are wonderful birds :aww:
atrafeathers Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
nice coloring of the feathers really matches the real thing. I have noticed that they like to imitate other birds. i have heard them sound like a hawk, goose its so strange i am always looking for a hawk or goose and then all i see is a starling.
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) It indeed is a bit weird; I get confused all the time on morning walks with my dog :XD:
SN2 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
ah yes along with the house sparrow they are also considered the same as the starling :( in the US and pinion too . nice shot by the way really brings out the colors of the bird but still not i have to start shooting them bc i just found out today of the crisis they do :crying: bc i see them around the college i go to and there are some wood pekers, robins, and blue birds and don;t want them to move from the area bc of them
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ach, that's sad. Introducing alien species hardly ever goes well =/ So you shoot Starlings now? If you do, what do you do with the bodies? Just curious :)
SN2 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
oh ya you don't know that much of intro of foreign species does for instance i forgot the names of the species but will describe in best detail possible; one is a snail that was originated from the ocean but people don't clean the bottom of their boats like they are so post to do but you now damn american's being lazy don't bother so when they put their boat in a lake or river that snail started to adapt to fresh water and then booooom their population just exploded, 2 some crab that was from the far east and since that crab wasn't here in america and they loved eating that crab decided to bring that crab overhand dumped them in the ponds/lakes and same thing with snail but love to live in sandy floors, 3rd is a plant from ocean and same with snail but a plant and grows hell fast, 4th another plant but acts like a parasite and loves to grow near the river shores, 5th i forgot but you can research as i did with those birds.

i haven't started bc i have to buy a powerful air soft gum to kill in one blow and i have a high chance of getting in trouble if i start shooting on my college's ground. some people just give the birds to their cats thats what this one guy does.
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