At last – a Good Starling Photo: August 2021

I always try to get the eye of the bird into a photo and it helps to be close.

Song Sparrow
Black-crowned Night Heron
Sharp-shinned Hawk

Some species however, are very difficult to get close to and even if you do, the eye remains elusive. European Starlings are this way. Here are some of my previous photos:

European Starling
European Starling
European starling
European Starling

See what I mean? Today, at Humber Bay, I finally got the eye of a close-by Starling.

European Starling

The eye is shiningly visible but sadly only in one of the 4 photos I took.

European Starling
European Starling
European Starling

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Other birds:

Ring-billed Gull
American Robin
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Double-crested Cormorant
Mute Swan
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorants
Red-necked Grebe
Mallards (female)
Mallards (female or juvenile)
Mallard (female)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)

MYSTERY BIRD

The gray head identifies this as a male House Sparrow.

House Sparrow (male)

NATURE POETRY

Ah starling! Most welcome, you bird of good cheer!
Are we to have all your pranks again here?
Where have you stolen last winter your wine?
Last time you dined down at Mosel and Rhine, – Steen Blicher

Miles Hearn


3 thoughts on “At last – a Good Starling Photo: August 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Well, I did think–SPARROW!
    Great pictures! Good for you, being so persistent in trying to capture that “window of the soul” with a camera.
    Thanks, Miles!

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