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Common Starling

Common Starling (Image ID 42517)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Tue 15th Sep, 2020 and uploaded on Wed 23rd Sep, 2020 .
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ID42517
CommentMozart’s favourite bird, the Common Starling. He kept one for three years, taught it how to sing the theme from his Piano Concerto No.17, and wrote a poem on its death: “My sweet little friend/Came to a bitter end,/Creating a terrible smart/Deep in my heart/For he was dear/Sometimes a bit too jolly/And, at times, quite folly/But nevermore/A bore”. Here in the late afternoon, after a hard day’s foraging, these starlings have gathered together on a dead spar at Royal Park Wetlands. Their breeding season glossy iridescent purple and green sheen plumage and yellow beaks are evident in the photo.
EquipmentNikon Z7 with Nikon 300mm PF f/4 telephoto
ISO 1000
1/800th f16
LocationRoyal Park Wetlands, Parkville, Victoria
Keywordsadult, breeding plumage/features
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