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European starling        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The ubiquitous European starling is a feral pest across much of North America, competing with native species for food and nesting sites.   Part of their success is due to a very ecclectic diet.   These were photographed foraging near beach-washed kelp in Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California.  They are in the spotted winter plumage; summer birds are glossy blue-black, with yellow bills.

  • Canon 1D Mk. II or 1D3, 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter, some with fill-in flash (2006, 2007)