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A Murmuration of Starlings

By Andysnapper

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.



Tags: Birds General Starlings Wildlife and nature Murmuration

Voters: LynneJoyce, CarolG, susanbarton and 18 more

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2011 9:23AM
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 11 199 20 Greece
11 Dec 2011 9:26AM
An amazing capture, Andy, did you count them all Wink Carol
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2011 9:30AM
Brilliant capture you are lucky to witness this

Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
11 Dec 2011 9:37AM
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!).

Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
11 Dec 2011 9:39AM
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.....

edwood 10 3 Scotland
11 Dec 2011 9:43AM
Great image.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2011 10:50AM
Excellent, the body of the flock as a life-form in its own right, rather than the individual birds.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
11 Dec 2011 2:10PM
Wow! So many! Great shot.............Sandy
moiral 7 12 Scotland
11 Dec 2011 6:26PM
A sight to behold, well captured Andy. Moira
12 Dec 2011 9:53AM
A Diana sure in the horizon.

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