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David Brown Photogra… on September 22, 2010

We were paddling upstream on the River Eno, into the soon-to-be setting sun about 6.00pm when ahead we saw a flock of hundreds of noisy birds. They were mobbing the trees either side of the bank and congregating on a small beach left by the falling water levels.

Of course they scarpered as we approached and when we got to the beach all we saw was a single tiny frog hopping around.

We have seen flocks of blackbirds gathering in NC before. Last year in the mountains. Perhaps they are starting to migrate.

The picture is into the sun and the kayak is very difficult to keep pointing forwards! It always wants to rotate away from the subject!

©junebug on September 22, 2010

Very beautiful place and photo, Jethro! Greetings, Anne

David Brown Photogra… on September 22, 2010

Thank you Anne it was very magical indeed. I hope my little story helps.

I hope life is good for you.

Best wishes from North Carolina

joyfotos on September 23, 2010

I was all excited as at first glance I thought you had captured the elusive bugs you can see in a shaft of sunlight but never photograph. But your story is even better. Yes, the blackbirds have been congregating here for almost a month now. I never can catch them. One day there was a hawk setting on a telephone pole completely surrounded by blackbirds on the wires. Of course they all swarmed away the minute I stopped for a photo.

This shot has a lovely magical feel to it...a bit as if you were in a different realm. Like!

David Brown Photogra… on September 23, 2010

We joke that I only have to touch my camera for bugs and birds to fly away and for deer to bolt Joy

I am pleased to hear the the phenomenon that we are seeing here with the blackbirds is confirmed elsewhere and its not just our imagination.

Many thanks for your kind visit.

((Ospr3y)) on September 23, 2010

Oooh! Nice find! What species?

((Ospr3y)) on September 23, 2010

oh yes, forgot the LIKE

David Brown Photogra… on September 23, 2010

Ah, yes good question.

Dunno Liam

They are the ones that flock together about this time of year either coming or going somewhere.

That species.

David Brown Photogra… on September 23, 2010

Oh, also (forgot) many thanks for your visit and kindness.


Jim Mills on September 26, 2010

Great atmospheric shot Jethro. It must have been difficult trying to capture this moment in a wobbly kayak! All the best - Jim

David Brown Photogra… on September 26, 2010

Jim that's why these kayaking shots are never well composed and hardly even steady as if taken by somebody who doesn't have the DTs.

Despite the most gorgeous sunset and great reflections etc, I only post a couple. THAT is the reason!

Thanks for coming by my dear Irishish friend and best wishes from North Carolina

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  • Uploaded on September 22, 2010
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    by David Brown Photogra…
    • Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u550WP,S550WP
    • Taken on 2010/09/18 18:01:38
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 20.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash