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A Murmuration of Starlings

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Morning,

Took this on thursday at Leighton Moss in Lancashire. The starlings fly in from all over the area and perform these beautiful aerial swoops to dis-orientate predators before almost falling as one into the reedbeds to roost.
This was taken before the full flock had arrived but the estimate was that there were about 10,000 starlings in this flock although on the Somerset levels there can be as many as 3 million at once.

Cheers

Andy

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:A Murmuration of Starlings
Username:Andysnapper Andysnapper
Uploaded:11 Dec 2011 - 9:20 AM
Tags:Birds, General, Murmuration, Starlings, Wildlife / nature
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 9:23 AM

Excellent, and you used the orrect collective noun. The persecution of these lovely birds has made this a rare site. Thanks for sharing this.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 9:26 AM

An amazing capture, Andy, did you count them all Wink Carol

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susanbarton
11 Dec 2011 - 9:30 AM

Brilliant capture you are lucky to witness this

Susan

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41053 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 9:37 AM

Well captured, almost abstract image. Funnily enough, I saw a similar event in London on Friday last where a flock did their aerobatics over the River Thames before diving under Battersea Bridge to roost (a vastly smaller flock I must add!).

Dave

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 9:39 AM

We were toying around with making a trip down to Ham Wall in Somerset today, but the weather forecast isn't promising, so plan to go down later in the week......Watch this space I guess Smile Great capture here though.....

Ade

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edwood
edwood  6 Scotland
11 Dec 2011 - 9:43 AM

Great image.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 10:50 AM

Excellent, the body of the flock as a life-form in its own right, rather than the individual birds.
Moira

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2011 - 2:10 PM

Wow! So many! Great shot.............Sandy

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
11 Dec 2011 - 6:26 PM

A sight to behold, well captured Andy. Moira

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prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 9:53 AM

A Diana sure in the horizon.

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