starling 1Starlings can sometimes appear rather dark, drab birds, but get them in the right light and they are quite stunning. Of course, photography is a lot about getting things in the right light.

This specimen was scrounging for crumbs as we ate sandwiches looking out over Crosby Beach and Antony Gormley’s Another Place. I believe this is a well known scrounging area for local starlings, they are always there.

Just look at the speckles on head and chest below.

starling 2

Despite still being numerous in many places, starlings are in decline and red-listed in the UK. Over the last thirty years, we’ve certainly noticed a huge decline in starling numbers gathering of an evening over Knutsford to roost in Tatton Park. They were once a remarkable local spectacle.

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