OUTER SUBURBS 30 – AUTUMN 4 (MONO)

 

 


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These birds are Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), perched on phone wires, and their flocking together is a sure sign of the arrival of autumn.  They breed in solitary pairs and are then seen in the company of their noisy, begging young.  But as soon as the chills of autumn set in, larger flocks appear – which is a good survival tactic, since a flock has more eyes to spot danger, and an individual within a flock stands more chance of surviving an attack from say, a Sparrowhawk, than a bird on its own – the explosion of a flock into flight can confuse the predator visually, and whereas the predator may take another individual from the flock,  a bird alone is a single, sure target.

Starlings are very common here and I like them – but, then again, is there a bird that I don’t like???  Well, Ostrich was a bit over the top, certainly could be a bit pushy at times, and certainly not to be trifled with, but all other feathered friends are just that.  Starlings are very garrulous and sociable, always busy bustling around – for me, they are an inextricable part of “here”, I suppose.

There are earlier autumn posts here: 1 2 3 .

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto each image to open another version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Monochrome film simulation; Capture NX2 (for when the Monochrome simulation needed help – I knew I should have used Silver Efex Pro 2!!!); south Bristol; 29 Oct 2018.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

22 Responses to OUTER SUBURBS 30 – AUTUMN 4 (MONO)

  1. Hiren Khambhayta says:

    Lovely Image. These birds come to our home town also and in thousands.

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  3. Sallyann says:

    I love this one, it reminded me of a picture I took similar and sent me off dredging through my blog looking for it.

    https://hallysann.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/pole-position/

    Of course, I didn’t have the extra bird knowledge to add, but now I know. 😊

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  4. I keep trying to find a different word to describe this photograph—especially the longer one—but I can’t seem to do better than “sparkling.” I like this one a lot. Maybe “pow!” is another way it hits me. I slowly climb those “stairs” with my eye, then “pow!” I get to the top and fly out. Actually, my eye first went to the “hub” area of this “wheel,” but I had to keep looking, and that’s when I climbed the stairs. Anyway, I like this photograph a lot, mostly for the composition.

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  5. Nature’s amazing. Always figuring out the best route for survival. As best they can. I have my own bird story. I need some tips on scaring off an owl. I, myself, have no problem with them, but there’s one (hopefully just one) that has made his home in our back yard and decides midnight is a good time to go a-hooting which drive our normally mellow mutt into a tizzy. Hoot hoot hoot bark growl hoot hoot growl… you get my drift.
    XXXATPXXX
    🐶🦉😱

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Not sure I can help you, Gem. If this bird really has made its home in your back yard, then it ought to roosting there or nearby in a leafy tree during the day too, and you might try scaring it away – tho conservationists might not approve! Or you could try looking for it at night. Maybe ask National Audubon???

      Also, I know its your Mid-Term elections today and I am hoping that the Republicans get a real hammering – fingers crossed! ATP xxxXXX!!!

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      • We got the house back, bud. Thats a start. But Trump has already fired the Attorney General and installed a temporary stooge. He is a buffoon and he’ll do anything he can to protect his (money) interests. I don’t know how he gets away with his nonsense but I hope it comes to an end soon. He’s the ringmaster at the circus he’s created. It’s ugly. As far as our owl goes, thanks anyway. Him I can deal with. 😉
        XXXATPXXX
        ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Yes, ugly is the word, its hard to imagine anyone less suitable to be president. And, by the way he’s acting, there is obviously something to this Russian link investigation that he wants to hide, its so transparent. ATP xxxXXX!!!

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    You might be aware that starlings were brought to the states and have been very, very successful here. They do the same thing, especially this time of year – gathering on wires – but I’ve never seen quite this kind of wire arrangement – like an umbrella! Funny. BTW, the idea that they are enjoyed as an inextricable part of “here” takes on a different meaning when you know they were introduced, but at this point, they’ve been here so long that I guess most anyone in the US could feel the same as you. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, the umbrella >>> these are phone wires, radiating out from the pole to the surrounding houses, these poles are everywhere here. Not sure if I knew about starlings in the States, but Herman van Bon has posted pics of them in South Africa too – many “exotic” species have really spread – our House Sparrow is another example, in Africa. Well, I suppose that if an “exotic” is around long enough, it becomes a part of “here” – maybe as with your Grey Squirrel here in the UK. A 🙂

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