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 thoughts 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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      1. I only know from Spring Watch (a UK nature programme that airs for two weeks every May). They had an article on murmurating starlings last year. 🙂 It’s a word I might have to use as my WOW post when I reach M in the alphabet.

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  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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  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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      1. 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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      2. 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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