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Let's hear it for the starlings

By ChrisOs
Not difficult to capture, though not as common as they used to be. Didn't involve any hides, crawling through mud, getting soaked with rain, lugging 3cwt of gear up a mountain, and no photographer was harmed in the making of this picture; I just like starlings. They're cheeky, have the most beautiful irridescent feathers and I love to see them gathering in huge swarms in the evenings. So let's hear it for the starlings!
Thanks for looking.

Tags: Starlings Christchurch Mudeford quay Wildlife and nature

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3 May 2012 8:09PM
A well captured and colourful image

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
3 May 2012 8:17PM
Very well composed and taken image.
3 May 2012 8:17PM
Great perspective here!
A beautiful wide-angle shot.
JohnoP 12 2
3 May 2012 8:45PM
Hear hear for the Starlings Chris! Totally agree - a very underrated bird, and as shown in your image the feather detail and colours in this are quite stunning. Love the composition on the fishing pot too! Quote: crawling through mud, getting soaked with rain' - where's your spirit of adventure man!! TongueTongue John
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
4 May 2012 5:20AM
So, is 'bird on a crab pot' going to be the new 'bird on a stick'? Wink

Nice work! It's the inclusion of the 2nd bird, looking the other way and OOF, that raises this above the ordinary for me...
ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2012 1:57PM
Thanks everyone. I hadn't realised that the second bird had an influence on the composition in that way Jools; thanks for pointing it out.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
6 May 2012 11:30AM
I agree, and they sing beautifully too; they can imitate just about anything. I have a nest under the roof tiles of my shop, and the constant chattering is very entertaining.
Beautiful shot Chris.
23 Jan 2013 11:19AM
This is a lovely shot Chris - I love starlings too - I had about 30 babies on my fence a couple of years ago with parents in my apple tree Unfortunately I did not have a camera to hand at that point. The plummage off the youngsters is as lovely as the adults.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
20 Jun 2013 2:03PM
Lovely shot Chris, I too like Starlings but don't see them around my patch Wink

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