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    Default A Mouthful Delivered on the Fly

    This Sunday I came across a starlings' (Sturnus vulgaris) nest in a hollow aspen - it was hard to miss with all the noise from in there.

    I concealed myself behind a couple of fallen trees, at a fair distance in order not to disturb the feeding traffic, and I mounted the EC-14 + ZD 90-250 onto the E-3.

    It didn't take long before the first parent came with a mouthful:



    As it appears, they hade insect larvae and millipeds - one for each chick - on the Sunday breakfast menu.

    In case we have any bug expert among us who may venture an ID, here is a closer view of the food which also demonstrates the IQ of this lens combo:




    A few moments later, the food was delivered - on the fly - to a hungry pack of growing starling teenagers soon ready to fly out:



    I'm not exactly in favour of nest photography but these birds were apparently not disturbed. However, to be sure, I just stayed for 3 deliveries. Also, I had to stand very still in order not to disturb them and holding the camera ready for a shot at any time became very tiresome, even though I had it on a monopod.

    I hope you like the images!

    Cheers, Jens.

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    Default Re: A Mouthful Delivered on the Fly

    Jens,
    All 3 are great shots! The shot of the birds head with the bugs in its mouth is so sharp that the hairs on the one bug are tack sharp even.
    Very, very nice
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    Like them? --I love them. Great shooting, Jens. You were fortunate to come upon this situation, and you took great advantage of it. Thanks! ~Ken

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    Terrific!
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    You caught the moment perfectly Jens
    Cheers,
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    Very nice Jens , looks like a mix bag of bugs . I see them all the time combing through the lawns in search of them. cheers Pete
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    This guy is really greedy! Great capture!
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    From the strand in the closeup, it looks like the bird raided a spider's web.

    I can't make out a spider in there, but you never know.

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    An extraordinarily nice set of images. You really caught the good mother providing in a fashion seldom seen.
    Good shooting,
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    I love them all but # 3 is just over the top! You have a lot of beautiful images but that one deserves a frame IMHO.
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    Some amazing shots there, esp. no 3!!!

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    Thanks everyone,

    for your appreciating comments.

    Yours, Jens.
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    Thanks Bob and Don,

    I like these also myself (hence I show them... ;-) )

    Cheers, Jens.
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    Thanks Mattias,

    #3 needed some previsualization of the situation to get.

    Cheers, Jens.
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    Thanks Denny,

    the head shot (#2) is actually a 100% crop of #1 to show how good image quality one can get with the super hig grade glass wide open.

    Cheers, Jens.
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    Add Yoda Starlingmeister to your list of titles, Jens. These are fabulous. I learned some things about Starlings today. First, in spite of their lowly reputation, they are every bit as fascinating as any bird. Second, they nest in cavities (I never knew that!). Third, they deliver multiple insect feedings, and quite a beak-full at that! Thanks for posting these.
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    Fandamntastic!

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    Simply amazing, such high quality!

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    Birds are not my thing, but these are absolutely stunning.

    When I figure out what my thing is, I hope I can do as much justice.

    Kudos!!!

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    Thanks a lot Nate, Lawrence, ShutterBugger and Marty!

    Nate,
    I know that the European starlings have been imported by man to North America and since then spread like a plague. That is unfortunately a sad, and too common, effect of human intervention in nature but are not the birds' fault. They are beatiful birds and they have a nice song mimicking all other sounds. (5 years ago they sang the "Nokia tune" in the parks of London!)

    Here in Sweden we like the starling because it is often quite social and its song in the ash tree brings the message of spring every year. However, as many other species, it had a downturn during the last couple of decades due to rationalized farming but it seems to me as it is coming back now.

    Marty,
    it means extra much when I get such positive feedback from those who are not interested in this kind of photography. Thanks and good luck with making your own style - I'll be looking out for your photos!

    Cheers, Jens.
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    Jens -

    The first and third shots demonstrate your talent in the field - all the way from the stalking of your subject to the composition of the shots and all the technicalities (the operation of the E-3 and 90-250). But the cropped shot demonstrates the exceptional resolution of the DZ 90-250 and the E-3's sensor.

    Great stuff, but then we've all grown to expect that from you.

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    I am speechless .........

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