Undertoad Thursday Feb 16 05:08 PM
2/16/2006: Migrating starlings at sunset
Ubergeek Thursday Feb 16 05:12 PM
This truly is a beautiful image... amazing shot.
Elspode Thursday Feb 16 05:36 PM
I saw a very, very scaled-down version of this on the way home last night...only a couple of thousand as opposed to a few hundred thousand. It did, however, cause me to spontaneously work up a verbal outline (to the wife, who was driving) of a Neo-Con children's story about Stevie Starling, a rebellious little Starling who refused to fly with the flock, and froze to death all alone in the winter.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Feb 16 06:51 PM
I don't know which of the two posts is sicker.
AureliusVin Thursday Feb 16 08:58 PM
It makes me feel good that there still are that many starlings on the planet. In San Fran they have taken similar pics, except the starlings are smog
daveyhavokheart Friday Feb 17 12:31 AM
Ooh it's so pretty. I don't generally like birds, but I love this image. By the way, this is my first post. I've viewed every single IotD, but this is the first I've replied to.
Happy Monkey Friday Feb 17 01:24 AM
Welcome, but that's really not a good color. Try something darker.
Pie Friday Feb 17 09:09 AM
Which one of those is carrying H5N1?
Elspode Friday Feb 17 09:40 AM
I don't know, but they could carry it on a bit of string, tucked beneath the dorsal guiding feather...
dar512 Friday Feb 17 11:20 AM
Would those be African or European....
barefoot serpent Friday Feb 17 11:27 AM
wolf Saturday Feb 18 01:49 AM
We are NOT a colored post board. Yes, we discriminate based on color. We already have one token color poster, and she seems to have gotten over it.
The lack of avatars and long, complicated, animated picture bearing signatures should have been your first clue.
If you understand and accept this, welcome.
If not, don't let the virtual door hit on your ass on the way out.
dar512 Saturday Feb 18 08:49 AM
'Cause we're all about the words, baby.
Undertoad Saturday Feb 18 09:06 AM
I was thinking about the avatar question before the bandwidth problems, but you know this place does use a ton of bandwidth, it turns out, and every little bit will help, I think.
Elspode Saturday Feb 18 09:17 AM
The photo content alone would give most sysops a headache.
chrisinhouston Saturday Feb 18 09:51 AM
I've often thought how much birds flying in formations like this resemble large schools of fish under water, they all move and turn at a moment's notice. While many birds like waterfowl fly in a V formation with a lead bird one has to wonder if these huge flocks have a leader or are they just flying by "the Force". I mean, it's pretty amazing that a couple of 1000 birds are all buzzing along and then turn on a dime and head off in another direction. Must be quite a rush!
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Feb 18 12:12 PM
National Wildlife magazine claimed recently, scientists had determined the birds on the outside turn the flock by moving in and making the one next to in move in domino style. Pretty hard to tell, guess that's why it took them thousands of years to figure it out.
wolf Saturday Feb 18 12:15 PM
Look at any thread on this board. Fair warning ... it can be scary at times. They also suffer from smiley bloat, which makes them a good source for new suggestions.
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Feb 18 12:18 PM
BigV Saturday Feb 18 01:06 PM
Pssst...busted link, please edit.
jinx Saturday Feb 18 02:13 PM
zippyt Saturday Feb 18 02:22 PM
because some birds are Left winged !!!
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Feb 18 03:34 PM
jinx Saturday Feb 18 03:36 PM
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Feb 18 06:39 PM
Ba dump bump....and now ladies and germs....
milkfish Saturday Feb 18 07:11 PM
Which one's Clarice?
Beestie Saturday Feb 18 11:59 PM
wolf Sunday Feb 19 01:55 PM
Look at any thread on this board. Fair warning ... it can be scary at times.
Happy Monkey Sunday Feb 19 07:39 PM
wolf Sunday Feb 19 09:27 PM
That's pretty low key. Neither the avatar or the sig is animated, well, except for the dancing smiley bananas.