Tim's One Photograph a Day

Starling at Rest.



Starling awaiting its next move.

Once again, a trip to Hengistbury Head has brought cloud cover to a sunny day! We had planned to go up there for Guide Dog Oakley to meet Guide Dog Puppy-in-Training Raymond. The latter named in memory of my father.

A bit of sun broke through just after we arrived, and I got a fairly decent of the southern edge of Hengistbury Head, bathed in warm, winter sunshine. The dogs had a good play for a bit, and we then retired to the handy Hikers’ Café for lunch.

Those who know this café will also know its reputation for bird life outside. Something I had forgotten. When we came out, I spotted a large number of starlings – some on the grass, some on the tables or seats, and a line-up along the guttering.

I sensed an opportunity! These birds are fairly tame, as they realise there is easy pickings here. I put on the long lens, and, hoping to get one on a table, looked for a suitable subject.

It would seem when they are one the tables, they are a little wary. As soon as I approached, they were off! However, I noticed this one starling just standing on the grass. He was looking around, as if trying to decide what to do. But, as if posing for the camera, I was able to take this shot. Despite the dull weather, requiring a slowish shutter speed, it has come out fairly well.

Photograph Details

  • Taken: 21 Jan 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS II USM
  • Focal Length 200mm
  • F/5
  • 1/80 Sec
  • ISO 200

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