The URL for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/lines-2018/
Here are my interpretations of it:
The link for this challenge is: http://ceenphotography.com/2015/11/25/cees-compose-yourself-photo-challenge-week-8-diagonal-lines/
Last week I was driving along when a dark cloud of Starlings landed on electrical wire right in front of me. There were possibly a thousand or more of these birds, lined up in rows of varying length, all pointing in the same direction. I stopped, took out my camera and took the following shots which help to illustrate Cee’s challenge.
Finally, a picture of a juvenile Ring-billed Gull in flight, displaying many diagonal lines with its wings and body.
Yesterday’s snow brought many birds to our bird feeder. At one point I counted more than 20 juncos perched on it and on the nearby magnolia branches. However, as usual, the cardinals stole the show with their brilliant colors.
One lonely starling also came by.
Another cold day –so what else is new this winter?– and we got a visit from at least half a dozen starlings. They suddenly appeared and mobbed the bird feeder, sending the other birds fleeing, except for our female Red-bellied Woodpecker which usually yields to no one.
Starlings are larger than our usual guests. When more than two of them perched on the bird feeder, their combined weight closed the feeding holes. They still tried to get at the seeds, but eventually most gave up and left. Only one remained to keep company with our Red-bellied Woodpecker.
The last one eventually left. Total time these Starlings stuck around: 2 minutes.
It was really windy and cold two days ago, perhaps causing many birds to come to our feeder as I have mentioned before. In addition to the ones that came regularly, there was a newcomer. It was an European Starling that somehow strayed from the large flocks it usually belongs to. You may see them as small black clouds drifting from one part of the sky to another.
The white dots on this bird are part of its winter plumage.
This bird is not native to North America. One hundred of them were brought from Europe to New York’s Central Park at the end of the 19th century by a group that wanted America to have all the birds mentioned by Shakespeare. Today there are 200 million of them from Alaska to Mexico, all descended from the original 100.
The single starling that came to our backyard only stayed for about two minutes. It watched other birds congregate around the bird feeder, but did not trying to compete for the sunflower seeds. Then it flew away and has not been seen since.