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European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), mating

Posted by
Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 9 August 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Magee Marsh
Oak Harbor, Ohio 5/11/12

NW Ohio, May 2012 series

Last May I went up to northwestern Ohio, along the southern shore of Lake Erie for another birding festival called The Biggest Week In American Birding . The festival is put on by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory , with the proceeds going toward research, education, and conservation.

One of the premier locations for spring migrants is Magee Marsh . This area is well known among birders for being a stopover for many species of birds, especially warblers. It is a major attraction to both birds and birders, as it is a fantastic migrant trap .

I saw a few new species during my four hour stroll around the grounds. Unfortunately, many of the photos I shot were of poor image quality due to distance from the subject, low light, and a lack of clear views from all of the tree trunks, twigs, and leaves. The boardwalk was also packed with birders. While most of them were very friendly and willing to make room for everyone to see a good bird, at times it was just not possible to get in a good position for photography.

The European Starling is a permanent resident across much of the US and Canada. Breeding adults are " purplish-green iridescent with yellow beaks."


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L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh là dans leur intimité où elle a fini par jouir

9 Aug 2012 6:46am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Fantastiques images!!!!!!!! ***** Belle journée.

9 Aug 2012 7:49am

masoud from tehran, Iran

great work ! Superbe

9 Aug 2012 8:13am

VISU...ELLE PHOTOGRAPHY from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Lovely composition. Colors of this bird are fantastic !

9 Aug 2012 9:47am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Hello Julie, fantastic, what taking view, just at the right time and with a lot of patience without any doubt. Nice day. Tomorrow I am flight to Costa Rica, by

9 Aug 2012 1:32pm

@Aigleloup: Thanks Jean-Pierre. I hope you have a great time in Costa Rica and you see lots of birds!

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Good timing and photography skills!

9 Aug 2012 1:50pm

@Anita: Thank you very much, Anita.

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

can they do this in public? ...i guess so: nicely captured moment!

9 Aug 2012 2:09pm

@Tim: I guess they thought no one would see them up in that tree! :)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Cole Porter wrote it, Ella (Fitzgerald) sang it (among many others) :

Birds do it, bees do it
Even educated fleas do it
Let's do it, let's fall in love

And now we know it is true,

Seriously you will laugh but this answers a question I often had about the activity of birds...And also seriously again (no joking here) and for the reason IO spoke of above, this is highly educational - at least to me...Hey I had a deprived childhood, what can I say... Really cool collage Ms B...

9 Aug 2012 5:08pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks for the lyrics, Denny. It gives meaning to that old saying about the birds and the bees...

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A very nice collage, Julie ! Unfortunately, with us these nice birds are very unpopular and are pursued everywhere!

9 Aug 2012 5:33pm

@Loner: Thank you Sonja. These birds are not popular here in the US either. I hate it when a mob of them appears in my yard and descends upon my feeders to gobble up all of the food!

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Good series of images. I guess they do not care about privacy LOL!

9 Aug 2012 8:38pm

@Ruthiebear: Probably not!

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Great collage of this beautiful photos !!! Your bird photos are really amazing ...

9 Aug 2012 8:52pm

@Baldwin VW: Thank you very much for your kind comment.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I was thinking the same as Tim and Ruthiebear. ;-))

9 Aug 2012 10:06pm

@B. Thomas: It is a bird sanctuary. :)

Mehdi Monadi from Tehran, Iran

great shot

9 Aug 2012 11:38pm

@Mehdi Monadi: thanks!

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Fantastic shot! A very good timming!

10 Aug 2012 12:18am

@Jackie: Thank you Jackie.