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The Starlings going in to roost for the night being chased by a Sparrow Hawk,
and five minutes before being attacked by two Peregrine Falcons.
(still to be processed!)
Taken at Wetlands Arundel with the Castle in the background

Thanks to Ina for the help on camera settings...got the colours beautifully
Was a great day of photography into the evening for the Murmuration...what a sight...a miricle of nature

Hand held and new camera and lens used...

Thank You all for the comments on the Bullfinch...a real big thank you!!

Lillian

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Jan 2012 - 4:28 PM
Focal Length:85mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Home to roost
Username:Lillian Lillian
Uploaded:12 Jan 2012 - 1:35 PM
Tags:Arundel castle, Arundel wetlands, General, Murmuration, Starlings, Wildlife / nature
Votes:61

Comments

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 1:38 PM

Wonderful image and more wonderful to see I'm sure. Beautiful colour and silhouettes, trees and birds...........Sandy

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 1:48 PM

New camera and lens working a treat in your capable hands, LillianWink: a very fine shot of the swirling starling mass and set against that evening sky.
Ronnie.

gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6549 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 1:48 PM

Take away the birds and its a great shot but with them its quite special. - gary

Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
12 Jan 2012 - 1:52 PM

A lovely image Lillian.

Len

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 2:01 PM


Quote: Take away the birds and its a great shot but with them its quite special. - gary

I couldnt have said it better

Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 2:08 PM

Large is excellent Lillian. Top marks for a cracking shot.
Ray

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 2:23 PM

I guessed this was yours from the thumbnail, LillianSmile. Superbly captured, wonderful silhouettes, especially the castle castle towers, makes me feel homesick Grin Carol

marktc
marktc e2 Member 448 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 2:29 PM

A great image Lillian, love the silhouettes.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64538 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 2:33 PM

What a lovely grouping. You're so lucky to have been there to see this.
Chris

M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 - 2:51 PM

Well captured.

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 - 3:15 PM

STUNNING! Grin
IB

digital_boi
12 Jan 2012 - 3:36 PM

the silhouettes of the castle add's real atmosphere to the shot and the murmuration of starling finishing of a damn good capture forward to seeing more soon you seem to have grasped the the camera operation well

Graham GrinGrinGrin

Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 3:48 PM

A sight to behold Lillian. One of the wonders of the natural world. Superb.
Ron

Cormy
Cormy  7 England
12 Jan 2012 - 4:17 PM

Cracking shot.Which one is the Sparrowhawk????????????????????
Cheers
Alan

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 4:26 PM

A beautiful capture, Lillian, amazing how they all fly in synchronisation Wink Reminds me of scenes from that program on TV, 'Earthflight' Smile
Trev Smile

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 4:42 PM

A new camera eh, there will be no stopping you now Lillian, well done and have fun with that new camera, be sure to give me first refusal on it if you don't get on with it though Grin

Ade

achieverswales
12 Jan 2012 - 4:52 PM

A great sight and great capture Lillian.


Regards

Trev.

sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 6:03 PM

a real spectacle superbly caotured

moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
12 Jan 2012 - 6:16 PM

Which one is the sparrow hawk TongueTongueTongueTongue. Very well captured Lillian and lovely tones and silhouettes. Have never seen a murmuration of starlings for real. Moira

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 6:37 PM

This is marvelously funny and very appealing--- That's a great new camera!

BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 6:40 PM

Love the silhouettes of trees and castle towers
as well as the bird flock.
Great evening light.
Well done Lillian.

B.

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 6:44 PM

What a lovely well caught image Lillian, I realy like this.

John Smile

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 7:08 PM

Good silhouette Lillian.
Nice one.
Mick.

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 7:24 PM

O MY what a sight to be sure

Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42396 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
12 Jan 2012 - 7:40 PM

Well taken Lillian AND with the new camera & lens!!! I must get to see one of these murmurations they say they are a sight to behold - is there much noise from it or are the birds quiet? The light is gorgeous. Lou

andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 7:57 PM

a wonderful sight brilliantly captured lilliant a real gem top shot Wink
andy

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 8:06 PM

Well detailed Lillian - super capture.
Joan.

goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 8:31 PM

Caught well Lillian ...Bill

Ruthannette
Ruthannette e2 Member 7Ruthannette vcard England
12 Jan 2012 - 9:05 PM

Fantastic shot Lillian, I've seen a small flock locally weaving in and out. Lovely setting with the castle in the background.

Ruth

jujupops
jujupops e2 Member 4jujupops vcard England
12 Jan 2012 - 9:36 PM

Absolutely fabulous shot Lillian, it has got it all going on, with the sparrow hawk chasing the starlings and the gorgeous silhouette of the trees and castle in the background,and the superb lighting GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Julie x

Shellio
Shellio  3 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 9:51 PM

What an amazing image Lillian, Starlings can mimic other animals too including other bird songs.... having the castle there makes it extra effective.
Shell

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 9:57 PM

One of natures greatest wonders superbly captured, what a sight this must have been to behold

PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 10:20 PM

The predetor birds always cause a commotion. Great shot. Was watching EarthFlight tonight with with a murmeration of over a million starlings-puts any mumeration I've seen at Leighton Moss into perspective. It is an amazing sight. Congrats. paul

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 10:30 PM

amazing to see this shot tonight. Smile
We had the pleasure to watch 'Earthflight' earlier on and they described such a scene as you describe over the roofs of Rome.
Your sunset is a different POV as we mere mortals can see it!
Excellent shot preserving all the beautiful tones.

pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 - 10:43 PM

Lovely shot Lillian, great silhouettes, nice late night shot.. Peter

User_Removed
12 Jan 2012 - 10:55 PM

Nicely captured, beautiful.

Lucien.

EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 11:07 PM

What a beautiful image, Lillian! Reminds me of too many years ago when standing at any bus stop in central Glasgow you could see the Starlings billowing across the night sky just like this. Dodgy too, as that wasn't the dangerous part when they flew overhead!

Ann

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2012 - 12:06 AM

Great low light shot Lillian, by the look of it you should have enough birds there to last you the next 12 months Wink
Geoff.

lesliea
lesliea e2 Member 5lesliea vcard Australia
13 Jan 2012 - 2:59 AM

Very nice image well captured.
Allen, Smile

ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2012 - 8:08 AM

A very difficult image to get right.
Well done..
Dave

gingerdelight
13 Jan 2012 - 10:10 AM

Whoops! Nearly missed this stunning image!!
Carol

twelvemegs
13 Jan 2012 - 10:24 AM

Magnificent sky colour Lillian.
Striking image Smile


David

Alec1
Alec1  6 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2012 - 11:23 AM

Well captured Lillian.
Alec.

Peagreen
Peagreen  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2012 - 11:50 PM

Fantastic shot, Lillian. Wonderful silhouettes. SuperbSmile
Take care, have a lovely weekend..........Pauline

MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 - 9:57 AM

Wonderful colour. On TV the other evening it showed thousands of starlings doing this amazing flight in groups of 7 and chased by a falcon who because of the flight could not lock onto a single bird.
Mavis

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