Friday, May 8, 2009

Glossy Sterling

Ever since I started going into the Aviary at the Los Angeles Zoo, I've been trying to get a good picture of this bird. The sheen of this bird's feather combined with the almost irradescent coloring is beautiful... but not easily captured with my camera under the shade of the thick trees in the aviary. But two things worked in my favor on this trip: one) they thinned out some of the trees so it was a little lighter, and 2) the birds were in rare form landing so close to me that it wasn't a struggle to take the shots or worry about my zoom being over extended.



Ain't it purty?

10 comments:

The Birdlady said...

wow!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

We have a few of this species here too and they get quite tame in places where there are a lot of people. Beautiful shots TB.

Kilauea Poetry said...

You know, I'd seen these birds before and never forgot them! The colors are so striking..in fact you wonder..have your ever seen such intensity? I absolutly love your shots here. Gosh..were you just buzzing around trying to get the best angle? Ha..nice capture!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Birdlady - Yeah, that's what I think each time I see these birds. :-)

Joan - They strike me as being a little more comfortable around people (not so flighty when you get near).

Kilauea Poetry - Thanks. I didn't have to move much. They did most of the posing themselves. :-)

Pagan Sphinx said...

What a beauty. Glad you got it and such a great photo, too!

koand said...

ciekawy ptak.

bluedreamer27 said...

oh thats so cute
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Judy said...

they are so beautiful!! i don't thenk i have ever seen birds that colour before!!

napaboaniya said...

Lovely capture of it, the blue feathers are too beautiful for words. They shine!! :)

Esther Garvi said...

We have two types of starlings here, one with short tail and one with long tail.