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Pictures of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) feeding their young

July 2nd, 2008 · 29 Comments

The starling couple that I photographed and blogged about in this post laid eggs in the birdhouse on our barn this year too. Here is some pictures that of the starlings feeding their young.

Picture of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) feeding their young with tongue out
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera June 6th 2008. Click image for larger view.
It seems like this young starling was really excited to get a taste of the delicious bug. Notice the tongue sticking out 😉

Picture of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) feeding their young
Ahh, food! The parent really makes sure that the young starling is swallowing her/his food.

Picture of young European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) in birdhouse
The young starling waits for more bugs to arrive. If you click on the image to view it large you can see a cute little feather on the head of the young starling.
I wonder how the other young birds are able to get food when this one is blocking their access to feasting on bugs..

Picture of young European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) with bug in beak
This parent starling seemed a bit worried about my presence, but a few moments later it fed the larvae to a hungry young starling.

Picture of young European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) on birdhouse
Trying to reach each other..

The young birds are now out of the birdhouse and the starling couple lays on a second batch of eggs.
I want to thank the starlings for posing for me and keeping down the bug population in the neighborhood 🙂

Information about the pictures:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 200 and 400
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300mm F4.0-5.6
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Tags: Birds · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Summer

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbie // Jul 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    This is a terrific series, Thomas. That second shot is truly amazing. Interesting that these starlings have two clutches of eggs in one season.

  • 2 Bernhard // Jul 2, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    This is a great series with great photos.

  • 3 Carlos Lorenzo // Jul 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Jungl, very well caught. You froze some magical moments. Very impressive nature shots.

  • 4 Kory // Jul 2, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Awesome – well captured!

  • 5 Laetitia Paris // Jul 2, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Bravo… great shots… The 2nd is just Awesome !!

  • 6 Joy // Jul 2, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Oh, wow. That’s absolutely amazing.

  • 7 Terence Chang // Jul 2, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Nice shots!

    The baby bird looks larger than the mother bird.


  • 8 AngelBaby // Jul 3, 2008 at 6:04 am

    I love to watch the baby birds get fed. It is just so sweet. Thank you for sharing this.

    Love and Blessings,

  • 9 Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage // Jul 3, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    What great action photos! I just love how you’ve captured a bit of nature that otherwise is so quick and fleeting.

  • 10 Stevo // Jul 4, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Amazing shots. Congrats.

  • 11 LetsPlant // Jul 4, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Great shots!!

  • 12 Karen // Jul 5, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Wow! Amazing photography.

  • 13 Kathleen Maher // Jul 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks for showing these. They’re not only fascinating photographs, they make me feel closer to the outside world.

  • 14 People in the Sun // Jul 5, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    What do you call an infant bird, anyway? Anyway, I’m familiar with that look on its face. I get that look when I come near my baby with a bottle.

  • 15 Peter Korkala // Jul 5, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos Thomas! You did a great job with this.
    (This is my first visit here, but I promise to come back.)

  • 16 Petra Voegtle // Jul 5, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Great shot – I know how difficult that is!

  • 17 2sweetnsaxy // Jul 7, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Great shots! I’m a little amazed at how big that birds mouth is. Could it possibly open any wider? 😀

  • 18 Comedy Plus // Jul 7, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Just like any other kid isn’t it? Beautiful captures here. Have a great day. 🙂

  • 19 Gerri // Jul 8, 2008 at 10:53 am

    WOW!!! Those are amazing shots.

  • 20 Carole // Jul 9, 2008 at 2:20 am

    So nice these pictures of bird feeding.

    Il like your site very much!

  • 21 lavinka // Jul 12, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Breakfast? 🙂

  • 22 Cindy // Jul 12, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Now that’s a great set of shots! I love the first one! The look on the baby bird’s face is absolutely priceless.

  • 23 Liane Schmidt // Jul 16, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Amazing pictures!

    Best wishes.


    -Liane Schmidt.

  • 24 reklamefotograf // Jul 23, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Very nice shot, I love the colours

  • 25 Lee // Jul 24, 2008 at 1:20 am

    These are fantastic nature action photographs. They are extremely difficult to do successfully, but you got some great captures. Good job!

  • 26 Loic Brohard // Jul 25, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Congratulations for the great blog and the superb portfolio of photos. Keep shooting and posting ! Loic

  • 27 Miscellany from the Blogosphere #2 « Stoneman’s Corner // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:01 am

    […] 5, 2008 In Photos from Northern Norway, Thomas Laupstad has posted two pictures of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) feeding their young. The first one captures the parent in midair, just before landing outside the birdhouse. The second […]

  • 28 storybeader // Oct 19, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    great action shot!

  • 29 Ismerie // Dec 11, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Que la nature est belle !
    Merci pour ces merveilleuses photos.