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    birds in "Spitfire"...what kind?

    Bear with me here...I ask this question because I know there must be ornithologists among our members, and I'm doing a review of "Spitfire" for an American magazine. I find two short scenes of bird flocks particularly evocative, but as somebody who barely knows a hawk from an eagle, I have no idea what kind of birds they are.

    The first scene is at 27 minutes into the film, and it's a flock of black birds.

    The second is at 1:25.30, and the birds are plump and colorful.

    Can anybody ident them for me?

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    Is there a chance of some stills please?

    I've not seen the film and your discription gives no hints at all.
    Were they in flight or on the ground?

    I would hazard a guess that the plump and colourful birds could be Partridge or Quail if they were on the ground.
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    If the black birds are fairly small and particularly if they are in a huge flock then could be starlings - their pre-roosting "shape shifting" murmurations are a much admired part of European autumn and winter evening skies - they seem to like piers as roosts and you can often see them perform in places like Brighton and Eastbourne. They tend to look black or dark grey but close up they have quite beautiful plumage. Pic below.

    Larger black birds in a flock are perhaps rooks or jackdaws. Crows tend not to flock in my experience.

    Last edited by Hooligan; 13th August 2018 at 13:29.

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    Starling

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    Having just flicked through the film.on my phone the birds at 27 minutes are a flock of Jackdaw,crows and rooks
    And at 1:25 is a group of gold finch!
    Last edited by R4118; 13th August 2018 at 17:01.

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