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European Starlings


European Starlings
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Copyright: Trevor McLeod (rapidshot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 419] (2844)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-13 23:05
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Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this a couple years back. These Starlings are right at home in these pine trees in the spring. Maybe because the green offers camoflage.

note: focused slightly

Courtship:

Nest constructed on a barbecue grillUnpaired males begin to build nests in order to attract single females. Males often decorate the nest with ornaments (such as flowers) and fresh green material which the female later disassembles upon accepting him as a mate .[19][20] The males sing throughout much of the construction and even more so when a female approaches his nest. Following copulation, the male and female continue to build the nest. Common nesting locations include inside hollowed trees, buildings, tree stumps, and man-made nest-boxes. Nests are typically made out of straw, dry grass, twigs and inner lining made up of feathers, wool, and soft leaves. Construction typically takes 4 to 5 days and may continue through incubation.[21] Fresh herbs are added to nests and work as insect repellent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_starling


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