November 9, 2013

Starlings, United Kingdom

Photograph by John O Neill, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

A flock of starlings takes flight at the moment of shutter release. These social birds were declining over the past few years in the U.K., but the numbers appear to be stabilizing. They can flock in such huge numbers that they have been known to break the boughs of trees while roosting.

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? I like how mundane elements—a flock of birds, a white picket fence, even the barbed wire—are transformed into something more by the photographer's readiness to capture the moment and by his careful framing. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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38 comments
L. Valle
L. Valle

A really wow shot indeed! WOW!

Chudamani Akavaram
Chudamani Akavaram

A primary quality of animals like birds is flocking together. The only exception to this rule is perhaps man.

Diah Rini
Diah Rini

what a beautifull scenery.. :) hope I can see it with my own eyes

Inoka Silva
Inoka Silva

Beautiful shot. Captures stillness and movement equally well.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Beautiful elements and wonderful Fall scene!            Envying the birds' ability to fly.      Wondering how they can rest on that barbed wire?       Unique white picket fence also,...pretty.

B. Ewen
B. Ewen

Love this photograph!  I would describe it as captured tranquility.

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

Flight is such a miraculous event.  That animals can launch themselves into the sky never ceases to amaze me.  In this shot we have birds - which are often considered pests - in different states of being airborne.  By capturing such a diverse group of starlings, Mr O'Neill (or Mr Azizikhangheh - I am not sure which) has transformed the ugly duckling into a swan.

The cool pastel colours are quite soothing.  This is a photo that makes me smile.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 7/10 zoom lenses 

Myra Linara
Myra Linara

It's remarkable how the birds were looking in the same direction except for one.
I tend to agree with Alexa Keefe, mundane elements and yet an out of the ordinary result.

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