Monday, November 07, 2011

Hovering Starlings

Trying to capture Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) in flight, hovering at close range, is quite difficult with a wide angle lens, even with the tame birds in the London parks. Holding bread in one hand, camera in the other, results are usually (a) bird too far away, (b) bird too close (c) good capture but wings clipped. It would be much easier with an assistant to feed the birds, allowing more concentration on them flying into the frame. Interestingly the boldest bird had been ringed - perhaps they have less fear of the human hand now?



4 comments:

Nat Hall said...

Fabulous shots! :-))

Christian said...

These are incredible shots Fraser -such a beautiful bird, lovely tones and flight captures. Stunning.

Tim James said...

So many images are posted on wildlife photography sites (my own included) pale into insignificance compared to these shots. The technique is exemplary and the results are among the most compelling I've seen – absolutely exceptional work.

Fraser Simpson said...

Thanks very much Tim, I'll keep trying until I get the perfect image that I'm 100% happy with.