Stories and Photographs © 2006 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.
European Starlings Index
Sitting on a park bench about thirty feet from these trash cans, I watched a Mockingbird land on the cans, sniff around a bit, drop down to the ground and begin eating some soft, orange, rotting fruit on the ground.
Within a minute, it was joined by three European Starlings that picked a fight, chased the mocker away. I'm sorry I missed that fight, but I had to sit there and be careful not to raise the camera too quickly as they jumped into the air to fight, and I wish I'd upped the "film speed," although the blurs enough are nice in these shots.
After a half dozen combative interchanges, I got my bird-fight shooting technique down well enough to catch these guys in the frame, somewhat in focus and stopping their raucous motion enough to see what was going on.
I didn't have time to study my results. I hardly expected the birds to stick around to pose. So I kept shooting and just hoped.