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These Birds Are Known For a Behavior Called Murmuration
2nd PlaceThese Birds Are Known For a Behavior Called Murmuration
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Jeopardy! (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Location: Upperco, Maryland
Date: Nov 17, 2020
Date Uploaded: Nov 17, 2020



As I was leaving the golf course I saw a multitude of birds swirling around in the sky. It was a cold and windy day. I tried to follow them in the car but they reversed direction and headed the opposite way. I turned around to follow them as I thought they might be headed for a large field of corn not far away. Luckily I was right. They had landed in the field. There were thousands of starlings resting and grazing. I pulled my car up a dirt road, parked and walked towards them. I always have my camera with me and attached was my 400mm lens and 1.4X extender. I took some practice pictures and the exposure was perfect. All of a sudden the birds took flight and I began shooting. I must have taken a 100 pictures of them as they swarmed around the field and then disappeared out of sight. What an amazingly beautiful experience!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 32
Avg (all users): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.8182
Views since voting: 356
Views during voting: 81
Votes: 40
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0


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12/02/2020 06:15:34 PM
Lovely capture, amazing.
Congratulations
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11/30/2020 10:03:16 PM
I just love this! Abstract art image.
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11/30/2020 11:47:24 AM
Nice murmuration shot. I gave you a 6 even though Trebek would have DQd you.
11/30/2020 03:34:19 AM
Great story and a really wonderful capture indeed. Congrats Larry.
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11/30/2020 02:46:20 AM
A wonderful capture, with the tree providing added visual interest and a sense of the scale of the gathering, and an interesting sky as a backdrop to it all.

We get murmurations of Tree swallows on the outer Cape. They drop in to feed on certain berries, in addition to their more usual diet of insects, during their migration along the Atlantic coast.
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11/30/2020 12:54:37 AM
Originally posted by roz:

got goosebumps reading the story behind this photo ..
you must be a master manifester .. you wanted a pic of those starlings and you got it ..
its as if they were waiting for you to get yourself sorted and then they said .. ok .. he's ready .. TAKE OFF .. !! ..
many congratulations on the ribbon .. and a magic shot ..:)


me too. this is gorgeous.
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11/30/2020 12:22:25 AM
got goosebumps reading the story behind this photo ..
you must be a master manifester .. you wanted a pic of those starlings and you got it ..
its as if they were waiting for you to get yourself sorted and then they said .. ok .. he's ready .. TAKE OFF .. !! ..
many congratulations on the ribbon .. and a magic shot ..:)
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11/30/2020 12:06:27 AM
Great story! I knew this would ribbon!
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11/30/2020 12:03:00 AM
I was one of your 10. Spectacular Shot
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/29/2020 09:35:26 AM
What are starlings? (Though I have seen similar behavior in other birds, notably migrating red wing blackbirds. Memorable sight and experience indeed!)
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11/28/2020 09:00:18 AM
Amazing!! What a fun thing to see.
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11/27/2020 09:59:27 PM
i would guess that this would really appeal to the voters ..
its a brilliant catch .. congrats in advance for the excellent place you will end up in the challenge ..
i'm not voting yet .. :)
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11/26/2020 03:43:06 AM
Amazing and educational image. Love it.
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11/25/2020 02:31:57 PM
Starlings! And a flock of them are well worth watching in flight. Don't love them so much when they poop all over my house on the way by :-(
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11/23/2020 10:19:44 PM
My favorite in this challenge.
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11/23/2020 08:10:20 PM
This is amazing Iíve always want to capture something like this, maybe one-day.
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