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When 2 million Starlings roost and a Peregrine appears the evasion patterns are unbelievable !! You can see a larger bird in this pattern and a small ball too Predator and prey perhaps????

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Feb 2010 - 5:20 PM
Focal Length:170mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Starling Symphony
Username:rontear rontear
Uploaded:17 Jul 2012 - 9:39 AM
Tags:Dusk, February, Murmuration, Natures wonder., Sky, Somerset levels, Starlings, Wildlife / nature, Winter
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belindaberry
17 Jul 2012 - 9:51 AM

That is extraordinary. What a sight! Thanks for sharing.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4137 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 10:02 AM

I can almost imagine a giant bird picked out by this pattern.
Ronnie.

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 10:05 AM

I can see patterns in the formation........I see a much larger bird with very long tail feathers and large wings hovering over the group..........I also see a tennis ball !!.....SmileSmileSmile

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shihan
shihan  2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 - 10:07 AM

Amazing, Never seen the likes

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paulknight
17 Jul 2012 - 10:38 AM

Amazing! Did you have similar photos up a while back? Quite memorable and even a wee bit spooky.

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 11:00 AM

Great abstract and well captured. Looks a bit like a rabbit?!
Matt

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 1091 forum postsdudler vcard England250 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 11:14 AM

I can see them! Should this worry me?

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54168 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 11:37 AM

Now this one's an owl watching its prey. Superb patterns.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 1:10 PM

Certainly a lot of birds in action here Ron.
A couple of images of this type did really well in the recent PAGB project image champs
Like the new Avatar by the way.
regards Richard

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 1:59 PM

Together they make the ultimate gigantic bird that can take on the world. A most unusual image and timing...............Sandy

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 5:44 PM

Like a huge bird to scare the falcon in return, no doubt. Great capture Ron.

Dougie

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MalcolmS
MalcolmS e2 Member 81061 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 7:26 PM

Terrific Ron, quite spectacular

Malcolm

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17 Jul 2012 - 11:00 PM

Amazing
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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 11:48 PM

That really is quite something Ron!

Sarah *

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javam
javam  91083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2012 - 12:52 AM

An amazing sight to see Ron.

I agree with SlowSong though - looks like an Owl to me

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
18 Jul 2012 - 9:12 AM

Fantastic patterns. You've certainly started the imaginations running.
I give up on trying to spot the Peregrine, though SmileSmileSmile.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2012 - 2:12 PM

Peregrine is at the very top, above the wing shape ( a black dot in the sky !!!)
Ron.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 10:09 PM

there seems to be a bird shaped in the sky by a swarm of birds!
Beautiful.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2012 - 8:48 PM

Thank you all for the r/c most appreciated.
Ron.

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