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I snapped this a few days ago. This flock hadn't quite formed a murmuntation (at least I think how you spell it?) but there quite a few of them. They are ravenously feeding on my garden feeders at the moment as Winter really sweeps in with vengeance. Don't know whether anyone else agrees but I was fascinated by Autumnwatch (BBC) this year and having those starlings and the pet pigeon (featured in many film clips) in the studio made good entertaining viewing.

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Title:Starlings Gathering
Username:PaulLiley PaulLiley
Uploaded:27 Nov 2010 - 8:08 AM
Tags:Birds, Flock, Starlings, Wildlife / nature
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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2010 - 8:27 AM

A lovely shot - with and without the birds. A beautiful spot. A

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2010 - 8:27 AM

Think Starlings must be making a come-back as I spotted quite a number sitting on overhead cables a couple of days ago. I know their numbers had dropped dramatically for a few years. Looks like you spotted quite a crowd of them in-flight here.

Ann

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2010 - 8:40 AM

Excellently captured well done.

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2010 - 8:43 AM


Quote: Think Starlings must be making a come-back as I spotted quite a number sitting on overhead cables a couple of days ago. I know their numbers had dropped dramatically for a few years. Looks like you spotted quite a crowd of them in-flight here.

Ann

Thanks Ann, yes I think they are making a come back. First dusting of snow this morning (saturday) so I filled the feeders to the top and within minutes must have had about 30+ land in the garden. It was like a Hitchcock movie. The house sparrows put up a good determined fight though and the coaltits, bluetits and great tits nipped in and out dodging the chaos to grab some food.

Last Modified By PaulLiley at 27 Nov 2010 - 8:45 AM

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2010 - 9:51 AM

A sight to wonder at in awe - a lovely setting to watch them too

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2010 - 9:54 AM

they were covering the phone lines here a few weeks back but most have gone now.good big capture.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2010 - 1:23 PM

Looks like they are heading to the little sunny island. A lovely image. We have many of them in Canada too, B.C. anyway.............Sandy

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2010 - 3:19 PM

A great well timed shot Paul, not seen them this year like this
Lillian

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BettyFlashlight

lovely shot thanks for writing german on my image Ju

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tashi
tashi  32 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2010 - 1:32 PM

Wonderful image! Very well caught. Excellent shot.
Rani

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bromley-smith
28 Nov 2010 - 4:31 PM

Fascinating to watch starlings in their thousands milling about. Lovely image Paul.
Tony

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2010 - 6:23 PM

Beautiful image.Looks like a water colour painting..well done.
xiaoli

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2010 - 12:01 PM

goodun'

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artcubis
artcubis  7 United States6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2010 - 8:49 PM

Absolutely beautiful shot... I would love to paint this...
Very inspiring with the most fabulous color hues very subtle...
Fantastic light, and very uplifting image.

Catherine

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Source
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7 Dec 2010 - 9:25 PM

Superb capture
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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2010 - 9:49 AM

'Murmuration'

This is an excellent shot. Bright colours and the blur on the birds is entirely appropriate to their motion.

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