Tuesday, August 25, 2009

constellation of starlings

All the other poles are bare, so why do they crowd each other like this?


  1. Perhaps they're related to mocking birds, so they're mimicking each other.
  2. It's their impersonation of a fine-toothed comb.
  3. They're raking the sky.
  4. They're playing DMV.
  5. There's a short in the light post and they're getting "buzzed."
  6. They evolved from lemmings.
  7. Somebody told them they could perch on any other pole except this one.
  8. Pranksters smeared glue on the post last night.
  9. They're watching below... a cat is getting beat up by a dog.
  10. I've run dry; what do you think it could be?


ramblingwoods said...

They were waiting patiently to have their picture taken....

mr. dave said...

might they be thinking they are on the wings of a larger bird, hoping for a ride?

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: If you really figure this out it will answer the question as to why they all land in the same tree and leave at the same time. What symetry in the shot, you can be proud of the result.

imac said...

11-they hunt in flocks.
12- to generate more heat
13- to make a bakers dozen.

Anonymous said...

i don't know, but, as soon as our grapes are ripe they will be at our house.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I like the way they are about the same distance apart from each other. Maybe this is a secret form of telecommunications. Their plan? Tune in next week. ;-)

Craver Vii said...

They certainly were, Ramblingwoods! I had just tried (unsuccessfully) to get some close pics of local egrets. My first subjects were considerably more skittish.

They're in for a long wait Mr. Dave! Thanks for the comment. :-)

We were out running errands at the time, Fishinig Guy. I'm especially grateful for my wife's patience, understanding, and even encouragement, when I ask her to pull over for a shot like this.

Wow Imac! I never counted, but you're right; there are thirteen on each arm and one on the center cap.

Oooh, take pics nAncY. I love your photography.

Same time, same channel EG. Unless of course, it really is secret. In which case, they won't divulge, regardless of who tunes in. Aah, the secret society of starlings, how they've solemnly sworn to sustain their silence.

Shammickite said...

Look how they are all so evenly spaced.... just enough room for a wingspan if they all decide to leave at once.

lime said...

peer pressure.

what a nifty picture though. i like how you've framed it.

mommanator said...

I think they are a measuring stick, I am too amazed at the uniformity. the wingspan thing is inventive!

Craver Vii said...

Sharp observation Shammy!

Well uh, Lime... (doing my very best Elvis voice) thankyouverymuch.

Measuring stick is good, Mommanator. Yeah, about the wingspan thing, it makes me wonder... what if they're doing aerial military maneuvers? I'd hate to have the car below that they're doing target practice on today.

donsands said...


Maybe they watched this Pixar short, and ....

david mcmahon said...

That is a seriously great image, Cravermeister!

Maggie May said...

That was a fantastic shot. Bet you were pleased that you had your camera handy!
Might never see it again!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Great shot! I love the lines in this picture. Very cool.

Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I really appreciate it. And, yes, I did take that picture in my post. You'll usually find me with a camera hanging from my neck. :)

Craver Vii said...

That was a good one Sandman. You know, instead of a movie night, once we just went through a bunch of Pixar shorts instead. It was loads of fun.

So glad you like it David! Thanks for the mention at your spot. That made my day. :-)

So nice of you to drop in, Maggie May. Yeah, and on that day, my wife was driving, too. That gave me more opportunities to look around.

Thank you Alyson. I meant what I said; I'll keep you in prayer this weekend, okay?

TechnoBabe said...

They just want to be part of the gang.

Louise said...

I couldn't have come up with THAT many! Very funny. And they're so evening spaced... interesting!

Congrats on POTD!!

Brian Miller said...

great pic and does lead one to ponder, you have come up with some fun ideas though...congrats on the POTD mention!

Denise said...

Congratulations on your POTD post Craver but you have a great blog and all your posts are always interesting, and photos are wonderful.

Craver Vii said...

Ha! Thanks for dropping in TechnoBabe. (In East L.A. accent) Heyyyy maaaan... eez notta gaaaang; eez a club, maaaan.

Thanks Louise. I've enjoyed the comments as well.

So nice of you to visit, Brian. Is it okay if I call you Brian? ;-)

Denise, that is a generous compliment. David's POTD is a blogger's treasure. Would it be too much to accept these riches from you as well? I humbly thank you.