A Murmuration of Starlings

I took these pictures as I was heading back to the village last week. They’re not the best quality as they were taken on my phone which, unfortunately, doesn’t have the best camera, and it was also quite a dull day. But I was actually quite lucky to get any shots at all! A week or so earlier I witnessed my first ever murmuration over the same stretch of road but by the time I pulled my car onto the verge and got my phone out they were too far away for any decent shots. This time they swooped over the road and settled in the tree just ahead of where I was driving, giving me time to get ready.

I hope you like them.


23 Comments on “A Murmuration of Starlings

  1. I think the photos are great! Sometimes the coolest photos come from the strangest circumstances. I really like the last 3 where the smaller group of starling breaks off from the larger group!

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    • Thanks Sabina! They really were an impressive sight – and really close to my village, as well! I’m glad you like them. 🙂


  2. Wow! I love the photo looking down the street, beautiful light. The one with them exploding around the tree is a very powerful shot too. I can’t believe you were able to capture the actual murmuration! What a beautiful thing to witness and be ready for.

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    • I was very lucky. 🙂 If they hadn’t settled on that tree they would have been out of range again before I was ready. It was wonderful to watch.

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  3. You were in the right place at the right time. I think your simple cell phone camera served well for this. You are so lucky to get to see this and take time to record it. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. These pictures are fantastic! I have seen the birds fly to and from the trees before….but never in such distinctive patterns, it is amazing that you were able to get these photos! Thanks for posting them!

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    • It’s not often that we see so many of them at a time! They were a very impressive sight. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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      • I wanted to let you know I invited you to participate in the five days photo/ story challenge. I have noticed that you sometimes participate in the photo challenges and you are a creative writer too! But, there is no pressure to join in. The guidelines are on my page if you are interested! …and I am still amazed by these birds!

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      • Thanks for the nomination. I’ll have to think about whether or not to join in, though – I took part in it (along with the 5 day b&w challenge) a couple of weeks ago!

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      • Oh, I didn’t realize you had already done the challenge. It’s so hard to keep up! I will have to go and look at your posts!

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      • Thanks. 🙂 It was a very enjoyable challenge to take part in but it did take a lot of time!


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