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Home to roost

By Lillian  
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 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!!


Tags: General Starlings Arundel castle Wildlife and nature Murmuration Arundel wetlands

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Daisymaye Plus
8 23 11 Canada
12 Jan 2012 1:38PM
Wonderful image and more wonderful to see I'm sure. Beautiful colour and silhouettes, trees and birds...........Sandy

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RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
12 Jan 2012 1:48PM
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 9 576 13 Wales
12 Jan 2012 1:48PM
Take away the birds and its a great shot but with them its quite special. - gary
12 Jan 2012 1:52PM
A lovely image Lillian.

12 Jan 2012 2:01PM

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

I couldnt have said it better
Billyray 9 70 3 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 2:08PM
Large is excellent Lillian. Top marks for a cracking shot.
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
12 Jan 2012 2:23PM
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
6 96 15 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 2:29PM
A great image Lillian, love the silhouettes.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
12 Jan 2012 2:33PM
What a lovely grouping. You're so lucky to have been there to see this.
12 Jan 2012 2:51PM
Well captured.
Chinga Plus
6 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 3:15PM
12 Jan 2012 3:36PM
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 10 3 72 England
12 Jan 2012 3:48PM
A sight to behold Lillian. One of the wonders of the natural world. Superb.
Cormy 9 3 England
12 Jan 2012 4:17PM
Cracking shot.Which one is the Sparrowhawk????????????????????
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
12 Jan 2012 4:26PM
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 14 4.5k 36 England
12 Jan 2012 4:42PM
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

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
12 Jan 2012 4:52PM
A great sight and great capture Lillian.


12 Jan 2012 6:03PM
a real spectacle superbly caotured
moiral 7 12 Scotland
12 Jan 2012 6:16PM
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
13 47 13 United States
12 Jan 2012 6:37PM
This is marvelously funny and very appealing--- That's a great new camera!
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
12 Jan 2012 6:40PM
Love the silhouettes of trees and castle towers
as well as the bird flock.
Great evening light.
Well done Lillian.

12 Jan 2012 6:44PM
What a lovely well caught image Lillian, I realy like this.

John Smile
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
12 Jan 2012 7:08PM
Good silhouette Lillian.
Nice one.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 7:24PM
O MY what a sight to be sure
12 Jan 2012 7:40PM
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 8 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 7:57PM
a wonderful sight brilliantly captured lilliant a real gem top shot Wink
8 10 10 England
12 Jan 2012 8:06PM
Well detailed Lillian - super capture.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
12 Jan 2012 8:31PM
Caught well Lillian ...Bill
12 Jan 2012 9:05PM
Fantastic shot Lillian, I've seen a small flock locally weaving in and out. Lovely setting with the castle in the background.

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 6 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 9:51PM
What an amazing image Lillian, Starlings can mimic other animals too including other bird songs.... having the castle there makes it extra effective.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
12 Jan 2012 9:57PM
One of natures greatest wonders superbly captured, what a sight this must have been to behold
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 10:20PM
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
6 218 40 Costa Rica
12 Jan 2012 10:30PM
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 6 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 10:43PM
Lovely shot Lillian, great silhouettes, nice late night shot.. Peter
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 10:55PM
Nicely captured, beautiful.

EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
12 Jan 2012 11:07PM
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!

13 Jan 2012 12:06AM
Great low light shot Lillian, by the look of it you should have enough birds there to last you the next 12 months Wink
13 Jan 2012 2:59AM
Very nice image well captured.
Allen, Smile
ugly Plus
9 9 57 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2012 8:08AM
A very difficult image to get right.
Well done..
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2012 10:10AM
Whoops! Nearly missed this stunning image!!
13 Jan 2012 10:24AM
Magnificent sky colour Lillian.
Striking image Smile

Alec1 9 4 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2012 11:23AM
Well captured Lillian.
Peagreen 7 1 1 England
13 Jan 2012 11:50PM
Fantastic shot, Lillian. Wonderful silhouettes. SuperbSmile
Take care, have a lovely weekend..........Pauline
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 9:57AM
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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