Common Starling

Common Starling
The Common Starling (also known as the European Starling) is usually seen flying in huge groups, filling the air. This is quite a sight at times, as the group creates interesting forms in the air. Seeing a single one up close is more rare, however, but I did luck our recently as one was feeding really close to where my car was passing. Luckily, I managed to capture this beautiful bird in the frame, showing the full glory of its feathers.

What do I like about this photo? There are quite a few details on the bird, and the feathers shine in the sun, showing them at their full glory. I used an open aperture (f/6.3, the most open my lens supports at the 400mm focal length that I used) to have a shallow depth of field, so the bird is sharp but the background is blurred out.

What would I want to improve? I would have wanted the background to be even more blurred out (unfortunately, that's not possible with my current equipment). Also, if the bird was looking my way that would have been an upgrade!


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