Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Starling antics... after suet in my garden... Spring, 2011

starling collage
So I bought a suet feeder that is SUPPOSED to keep birds (such as Starlings and Grackles) from dining on the suet because they don't like to feed upside down. And I hung it temporarily where there is a way to access it from underneath IF standing in just the right spot and stretching to reach the good stuff. Or perhaps, mimic a hummingbird and flap wings rapidly while powering up to the suet feeder. Or, obviously, ignore the belief that Starlings do not like feeding upside down and just pretend to be a woodpecker and have at the suet until sated!

I do intend to move this suet feeder where approaching from underneath will not be quite so easy to do. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the images. I watched these silly birds for quite awhile today and snapped away like crazy. I'd have never done that with a film camera!

Maybe next week I'll include a series of images of a quite frustrated Catbird attempting a similar approach and not quite succeeding. In the meantime, I'll be posting this at World Bird Wednesday which you should definitely check out for some marvelous bird images!

16 comments:

  1. Those are incredible photos of the starlings! You actually made them look good!

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  2. Leave it to the Starling to figure it out. Fanatastic images!

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  3. We don't see starlings here but we do get a lot of those Grackle birds. Your photos of these determined birds are really good, I love the wings in motion shot and the top left photo, which is a perfect capture.

    Thank you for all your comments on my macro post - I owe you an email. I have been experimenting a little more and finally got one good shot with my filters!

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  4. Amazing catches Victoria. I would not put anything past a starlings ability to improvise through. Your pictures illustrate why.
    Agreed, digital photography has opened the flood gates and brought us to the golden age of picture taking!

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  5. They are determined characters Victoria. I love watching their antics here too.

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  6. I don't care how I hang it, the Starlings and Grackles will eat it! Excellent captures!

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  7. This is really some very great pictures. Beautiful!

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  8. Lovely images of a beautiful acrobat.

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  9. Great antics!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. Great photos of the Starlings' antics!

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  11. All in the day of a starling at your feeder, Victoria! Just think of the career you could make of taking pictures all day long of these birds (and squirrels) who come to visit you...just because you're there. I love it. :)

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  12. Clever and persistent birds! Nice captures of their acrobatic attempts!

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  13. Fantastic captures of this crazy bird's antics; especially the one with the fluttering wings.

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  14. What a fantastic mosaic Victoria. I love the different poses!

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  15. I love those shots from below. :)

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