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22,000 Starlings

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Starling flock at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge
· Date: Sat December 7, 2002 · Views: 253 · Filesize: 52.5kb · Dimensions: 640 x 480 ·
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IanF

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Sat December 7, 2002 5:45pm

Still an amazing sight Colin. BTW I make it 22,002 !

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Sat December 7, 2002 6:33pm

Thanks for sharing, Colin. Mr. Hitchcock would be proud.

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Sat December 7, 2002 6:49pm

Oh my Goodness, that is really amazing!

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Marysan
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Sat December 7, 2002 7:11pm

Wow! Double WOW!!

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Mon December 9, 2002 3:19am

WOWWOWWOW! Seriously, how do you begin to count or estimate the numbers?

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Mon December 9, 2002 5:24pm

Dylan,
I put a grid over the pic and counted several sqaures of it at random to get an average count and then scaled it up for the picture. I then estimated how many pictures would be required to cover all of the birds flying past and the answer was 88,000 plus. I estimate a minimum of 100,000. This ties in with the official press release by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, where the pic was taken, of between, 100,000 and 250,000 birds in total at the roost.

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Mon December 9, 2002 5:25pm

Ian,
No, you are wrong, it's 22,003....there is one Starling behind the bigger bird in the lower part of the pic!!!!

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Tue December 10, 2002 5:27pm

one, two ,three, four, five, six, seven . . . oh pooh!

One, two, three, four, five . . . oh! I give up!

Great pic, Col!

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Tue December 10, 2002 10:28pm

That's a LOT of Starlings Colin! thanks for the information.



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Wed December 11, 2002 9:35pm

And I'm sure I can spy a Grey Heron in there too ...

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Thu December 12, 2002 2:38pm

Colin, I've made this photo my present PC Wallpaper. It comes out all in one on my 18 inch Trinitron monitor and it is a stunning sight I'm enjoying 24/7.Many thanks.

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Sat April 12, 2003 11:20am

Colin, seeing the photo again in the Random Images, reminds me again of the incredible sight of the starling roost at Slimbridge. I felt at the time that it should be on the 10 0'clock news, it was so spectacular. Much better than all the fighting that is on the news now. Great picture.

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Wed May 17, 2006 4:41am

I wonder what it must have sounded like? By the way, did they clean up after they left? Great shot.

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