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European Starling In Full Color
Lens: HD 55-300 Camera: K50 Photo Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan ISO: 16000 Shutter Speed: 1/350s Aperture: F10 
Posted By: Scorpio71GR, 05-01-2016, 10:38 AM

I have had a whole bunch of these around my house lately. So I started taking the K50 and the 55-300 with me on my walks with my dog. I spotted this guy just sitting up in a tree. It was a dull overcast grey day. So it meant high ISO to get a decent shutter speed and aperture. The 55-300 does not do well wide open and shake reduction does nothing for you if the bird is constantly moving. Luckily they cleaned up well in post. The K50 is such a great camera for the price. My K3 and 50-500 are just heavy to take on these walks. Even with the 60-250 the K3 is too heavy. The K50 and 55-300 are just the right size and weight.

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I was impressed with how this came out at ISO1600 on the K50.


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What a startling Starling, they are a feral/introduced species over here in Australia and was considered a pest. There numbers have declined though in the last decade or so, probably due to competition from another feral the Indian/Common Myna, would be better if these declined also.

You did well with K50 and 55-300
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Nice shots. Much more colorful than the starlings we have here in Oregon which are just black. They show up in the hundreds and crap all over my truck.
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Nice series.

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Beautiful bird!

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Beautiful bird!
Thank you Adam. I shot these with the K3 plus the Bigma, the 60-250, and my Tamron 70-200. The best I have is from the little K50 and 55-300. Sometimes lighting is everything.

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Nice series.
Thank you Janse, I was fortunate it stayed around so long.

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Nice shots. Much more colorful than the starlings we have here in Oregon which are just black. They show up in the hundreds and crap all over my truck.
Thank you, normally when I do photograph them they come out all black.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gmans Quote
What a startling Starling, they are a feral/introduced species over here in Australia and was considered a pest. There numbers have declined though in the last decade or so, probably due to competition from another feral the Indian/Common Myna, would be better if these declined also.

You did well with K50 and 55-300
Thank you, they are a bit 9f pest here too. Not to terrible, no more than the seagulls. There does seem to be a higher concentr9of them this year.
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beautiful set! great color! they are everywhere here and have a few shots of them but not with all that color!

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Beautiful shots.Spring colors.
The color is due to marriage feathers.Than again turns black.



autumn colors

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The colors are often overlooked on the starling. TFS these images of what can be a very colorful bird pest or not.
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