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The ebb and flow of starlings

By javam    
A few more starlings at Otmoor today than the last time I visted!

This is not a great photo as it was getting quite dark and I had to have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze(ish) the birds so it is lacking in detail and colour, but in terms of portraying this spectacular event it was the best of the shots I took.

Tags: Wildlife Flock Birds Water Starling Bird Oxfordshire Reeds Starlings Otmoor Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: carriebugg, terry_cavner, Big Bri and 34 more

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u47sb2 14 36 Scotland
28 Jan 2007 9:44PM
Still looks pretty good to me but must be far more spectacular to stand there and watch.


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shutter speed 15 369 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2007 9:46PM
Amazing sight only ever seen that on TV excellent capture.

Buffalo_Tom Plus
13 2.3k 11 Wales
28 Jan 2007 9:47PM
It is an unbelievable phenomenon and you have timed this shot well.Good one Neil.
cheesey 14 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2007 9:49PM
Amazing capture, Well done.
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
28 Jan 2007 9:58PM
Have been wanting to see this spectacle for some time. Brilliant image, get some idea of how huge these swarms are. Get it printed and put on the wall Neil! Ron.
28 Jan 2007 10:28PM
What are the odds of getting a shot like this? The birds that are central to the photo almost look like one big bird. A great capture, Neil.
jeanie Plus
16 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2007 10:33PM
Well you were in the right place at the right time here!

chrissd 14 304 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 5:26AM
well captured, amazing

on a shot like this you would have got away with iso 1200
mattmatic 16 598
29 Jan 2007 7:12AM
For a minute I though you had a serious dust problem :o)

Excellent capture! (You could have gone to a higher ISO as well on the K10D Wink
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
29 Jan 2007 8:02AM
Excellent capture of starlings on the move.

Alison_S 14 339 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 8:19AM
Fantastic capture, great timing!

gill_f Plus
16 122 England
29 Jan 2007 8:46AM
Very well captured. I went to Brighton acouple of weekends ago to take pics of the starlings - but didn't get the timing anywhere near as good as this one - good to see.
javam 15 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 9:31AM
Thanks for all the comments on this.

Chris, Matt - I tried it on higher ISO settings but with the shots at that level the noise started to 'damage' the flock detail.

I had my video camera on my tripod which did not help as I was totally reliant on SR. I will have to go back with camera only if time allows.
PaulaLey 14 31 England
29 Jan 2007 12:59PM
Hi Neil - you made it then! What a stunning capture. Pleasure to meet you yesterday.
MikeEG 13 10 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2007 5:21PM
Hi Neil, What a shot, as Paula said a stunning picture. Nice to have met with you yesterday, shame about the weather.

kinfatric 15 550 9 Scotland
29 Jan 2007 5:41PM
this is very well done
KingArthur 13 8 Malta
29 Jan 2007 9:03PM
Splendid composition Neil, and a fine capture it is too ... lovely subtle lighting, nice work.


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