Starlings in Snow

Early in the new year, I wandered out to our mud room, aka side entry, to put some recycling in the bin, and was greeted with this.

Starlings in Snow

Starlings in Snow

I ran to grab my new camera, then had to go back to put a memory card in it (sheesh!)

Starlings in Snow

Starlings in Snow

It was snowing and the starlings didn’t stay long after I started taking pictures. Two minutes elapsed between the first and last.

Starlings in Snow

Starlings in Snow

Photos taken with a Pentax K3, and a Tamron 28-200 zoom lens. The one of just the birds and the wire at 200mmm, the others between 53 and 75 mm. Handheld at various settings.

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27 comments on “Starlings in Snow

  1. Don’t you love how birds pick one spot and all flock to it? It always amazes me!

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Several types of birds, including starlings and swallows, snowbirds (juncos) and swifts do travel in large flocks. Other types only swarm when migrating. Others form smaller flocks – around me those include American goldfinch, Hungarian partridge, wild pigeons and Canada geese – though we have seen the geese arrive and leave the open water in the river near us in the thousands. The starlings and swallows around here are usually near barns – so these birds were a bit lost!

  2. Super shot! I often wonder why they always face the same direction.

  3. Cool shot with the BW contrast. They always look cold to me. Brrrr

  4. BuntyMcC says:

    They were cold, or at least damp. It hasn’t been too cold here yet but it was snowing and blowing a bit that day. I marvel how they can survive our winters; I couldn’t if I lived permanently outside.

  5. Wonderful, wonderful shots! I love to watch starlings as the dance through the air.

  6. Candia says:

    Happy 2016. Glad you managed to capture the image…

    • BuntyMcC says:

      And a happy new year to you too Candia. If I had gone back for the tripod, which would have made the picture sharper, I’d have missed it!

  7. Great shots! I love starlings, and I see many here too, but never in a row on a wire. Beautiful and funny sight 🙂

  8. Bunty do you also speak French?

  9. Je, my phone always wants to correct stuff! Wants to call you Bounty too!!!! Ugh!

  10. I always think of Hitchcock’s film The Birds when I see birds gathered like that. Verra nice shots, Bunty!

  11. Great shots .. Glad you grabbed that camera 😀

  12. ❤️❤️❤️

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