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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!!


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
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
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
Voters:Daisymaye · RonnieAG · gary_d · Len1950 · barbarahirst · Billyray · CarolG · carmenfuchs · marktc · SlowSong · mohikan22 · M_squared · Chinga · digital_boi · Maiwand · vickyf · Cormy · TrevBatWCC · Ade_Osman · achieverswales · nonur · sparrowhawk · Philip_H · moiral · taggart · BarbaraR · lifesnapper · graceland · KBan · NeilWigan · Niknut · mikbee · pluckyfilly · Louise_Morris · andylea · EMJAYCEE · goso · dmhuynh72 · tomcat · Ruthannette · WindowonWildlife · jujupops · Shellio · Glostopcat · PaulLiley · nikshot · annettep38 · pdcche · User_Removed · EAS · RysiekJan · FeatherFriend · lesliea · ugly · morpheus1955 · gingerdelight · twelvemegs · Alec1 · Peagreen · MickyMc · Big_Beavis ·
Unique Views:94


Daisymaye Plus 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 Plus Member 5148 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 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.

gary_d Plus Member 7576 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 Plus Member 5Len1950 vcard England
12 Jan 2012 - 1:52 PM

A lovely image Lillian.


barbarahirst Plus 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  770 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 2:08 PM

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

CarolG Plus Member 8185 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 Plus Member 460 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 2:29 PM

A great image Lillian, love the silhouettes.

SlowSong Plus Member 65054 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.

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

Well captured.

Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 - 3:15 PM


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 Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 3:48 PM

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

Cormy  7 England
12 Jan 2012 - 4:17 PM

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

TrevBatWCC Plus 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 Plus Member 124521 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


12 Jan 2012 - 4:52 PM

A great sight and great capture Lillian.



sparrowhawk Plus Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 6:03 PM

a real spectacle superbly caotured

moiral  5 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 Plus Member 1046 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  9 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.


lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper 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 Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 7:08 PM

Good silhouette Lillian.
Nice one.

pluckyfilly Plus Member 8342 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 7:24 PM

O MY what a sight to be sure

Louise_Morris Plus Member 42430 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  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

EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 8:06 PM

Well detailed Lillian - super capture.

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

Caught well Lillian ...Bill

Ruthannette Plus Member 8Ruthannette 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.


jujupops  4 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  4 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.

Glostopcat Plus Member 9250 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  6 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 Plus Member 3191 forum postsannettep38 vcard France33 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  4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 - 10:43 PM

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

12 Jan 2012 - 10:55 PM

Nicely captured, beautiful.


EAS  6 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!


FeatherFriend Plus Member 738 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

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

Very nice image well captured.
Allen, Smile

ugly Plus Member 7ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2012 - 8:08 AM

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

13 Jan 2012 - 10:10 AM

Whoops! Nearly missed this stunning image!!

13 Jan 2012 - 10:24 AM

Magnificent sky colour Lillian.
Striking image Smile


Alec1  7 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2012 - 11:23 AM

Well captured Lillian.

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  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.

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