European Starling

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I find these starlings startle easily...I caught this one expressing his darker side! It's an exciting sight when a group land at the same time to feed on my deck.

Cool Facts about the European Starling

All the European Starlings in North America descended from 100 birds set loose in New York's Central Park in the early 1890s. The birds were intentionally released by a group who wanted America to have all the birds that Shakespeare ever mentioned.

Starlings turn from spotted and white to glossy and dark each year without shedding their feathers. The new feathers they grow in fall have bold white tips – that’s what gives them their spots. By spring, these tips have worn away, and the rest of the feather is dark and iridescent brown. It’s an unusual changing act that scientists term “wear molt.”

Starlings are strong fliers that can get up to speeds of 48 mph.

Starlings are great vocal mimics: individuals can learn the calls of up to 20 different species.
17/02/2016 - 07:38Wildwood512
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed1/80
Focal Length190mm


Link Posted 17/02/2016 - 10:36
Oh that is a gorgeous capture Donna
' remembers little things, long after you have forgotten....' (Aaron Siskind)


Link Posted 17/02/2016 - 11:24
Starlings are a real problem here!!!!! Sometimes we do use hawks to "control"these "groups of birds"


Link Posted 17/02/2016 - 21:25
A sterling starling. Excellent shot Donna
I know what i like, If not always why.


Link Posted 17/02/2016 - 23:40
If you go to a tree they are using as a roost, wait until someone else walks past and give the tree trunk a whack with your hand. (and ensure that you are very close to the trunk to avoid the result). Oh, we were horrid little boys !
That one you caught there really has attitude
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Link Posted 18/02/2016 - 18:11
Thanks guys for commenting.

LOL David, you were soooo rascally! (maybe still are) .... Your mother had her hands full with the likes of you!!!! 🙀
Cheers...Donna 😊


Link Posted 18/02/2016 - 22:28
He's a little cutie, lovely shot, my garden is full of Starlings they eat all the food i put out for the little birds ... still love them though!
Kind regards Maria


Link Posted 23/02/2016 - 07:36
It's only when you get close to them that you realize how attractive they are. Nice one Donna!

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)


Link Posted 23/02/2016 - 15:54
Seriously Paul, I always thought they were just a plain black colored bird until I saw them in my pictures...and wow they have stunning iridescent coloration to their feathers. Thanks for commenting! 😄
Cheers...Donna 😊
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