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Murmeration 4 of 5

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 24 February 2013 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I was travelling home from work and often choose the peat moors between Glastonbury and Burnham, enjoying some of my favourite Somerset scenery and wildlife, also in the hope I might catch the murmeration and on Monday and Tuesday I was lucky to see it.
Just to explain Starling murmurations are where thousands of birds flock together, swirling in the sky at dawn and dusk, hundreds of thousands of starlings darken the sky with these incredible, acrobatic displays on their way to or from their roosts in the reed beds on the moors. The murmerations on the peat moors here in Somerset have been estimated in the past to be over 3 million starlings and this year they seem to be incredibly large.
So I hope you like this series as I try to show your this incredible sight.

They start to move around in formation dancing in the sky like massive shoals of fish.

Canon EOS 500D 1/800 second F/5.6 ISO 1600 75 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle iamge quelle nuée d'oiseau impressionnant

24 Feb 2013 6:54am

Emma G from Auckland, New Zealand

wow, you certainly were in the right spot to capture these shots - amazing that they don't all crash into each other!

24 Feb 2013 7:47am

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand

A wonderful series, thanks for showing us these many different views of murmeration.

24 Feb 2013 8:08am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful !

24 Feb 2013 8:25am

Devi from Chennai, India

Wow !!!! Fantastic display and a great shot of this !!! Love this series , Doug :-)))

24 Feb 2013 8:39am

Basile Pesso from France

Absolutely stunning, maybe a spotlight.

24 Feb 2013 10:13am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Now that is a lot of murmerers murmerating in their murmeration

24 Feb 2013 10:40am

tataray from france, France

Ahhhhhhhh..... vraiment incroyable et fantastique image.
Bien fait. Bravo)

24 Feb 2013 10:45am

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

This is outstanding Doug, gives a real feel for the event, 5* and fingers crossed for a spotlight.

24 Feb 2013 11:08am

Florence from Paris, France

So impressive, a wall of birds.

24 Feb 2013 11:18am

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

بسیار دوست داشتنی است و شگفت انگیز

24 Feb 2013 12:32pm

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Wow, thick with them

24 Feb 2013 1:28pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

An incredible shot of the mummerating multitude!

24 Feb 2013 1:36pm

Mandar from Kudal, India

Unbelievable.....hope you have managed to stay out of their flow....

24 Feb 2013 3:44pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Wow ! incredible capture...:-)

24 Feb 2013 4:42pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I just love watching them swoop and dive, jerk and turn all in a single, synchronized motion! . This is beautiful, Doug :-)

24 Feb 2013 5:04pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

They seem to be multiplying by the second....another WOW moment.

24 Feb 2013 7:13pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

all looks a bit demonic, Hitchcock-ian even!

24 Feb 2013 7:50pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! They almost cover the sky! Amazing.

24 Feb 2013 9:14pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Really amazing scene ... fantastic capture!

24 Feb 2013 9:17pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wow. Mind blowing shot!

24 Feb 2013 10:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That solid mass of birds is remarkable. A super series.

24 Feb 2013 10:56pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The density of birds is amazing! I imagine it might be frightening to some.

24 Feb 2013 11:26pm

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

This one is very impressive with this big black mass on the bottom right. An excellent composition, I love it.
Have a good evening.

24 Feb 2013 11:30pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Amazing view of this impressive flock of birds ... Great capture of this interesting event !!!

25 Feb 2013 12:30am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! That is totally spectacular. It must have been amazing to witness this. Beautiful!

25 Feb 2013 1:50am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

What was said to the crickets.

25 Feb 2013 6:08am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Like a tornado!

25 Feb 2013 6:50am

l'angevine from Angers, France


25 Feb 2013 7:48am

CF09 from Tehran, Iran

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for."
I agree with the second part.

25 Feb 2013 9:18am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

brilliant fluid movement

25 Feb 2013 1:09pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

It just leaves me speechless.

25 Feb 2013 2:53pm

Sylvie Fondacci from France

Woaw !

25 Feb 2013 3:23pm

Basile Pesso from France

Yes ! It had it.
Congrats on the spot !

25 Feb 2013 6:48pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Congratulations Doug, this is an amazing series of photographs, it is a so well deserved Spotlight :-)

25 Feb 2013 6:56pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Another brilliant swirling addition to the set - Congrats on the Spotlight, too !

25 Feb 2013 7:27pm

destani from mashhad, Iran

Excellent ! Congratulations on your spotlight !

25 Feb 2013 7:37pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Congratulations on your spotlight selection Doug! ;-)

25 Feb 2013 7:39pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

25 Feb 2013 8:05pm

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand

Congratulations, Doug!

25 Feb 2013 8:09pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!!!

25 Feb 2013 8:14pm

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

تبریک بابت انتخاب این عکس زیبا

25 Feb 2013 8:14pm

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Congratulation !

25 Feb 2013 8:40pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

EXQUISITE!! Hurrah and BIG Congratulations Doug!! I am certainly NOT surprised that you got this MUCH DESERVED Award! My Heartiest congrats to you, sir!!! So proud to say I know you :-)

25 Feb 2013 9:04pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight, fantastic!!

25 Feb 2013 10:52pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Congratulations on the Spotlight !!!

25 Feb 2013 10:53pm

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

I'm in awe (and jealous!)- what a privileged sight to see! Congratulations - a well deserved Spotlight! Beautiful!

25 Feb 2013 11:45pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent capture - what a great moment and timing!

26 Feb 2013 12:27am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Congratulations, Doug ... happy to see this in the Spotlight!

26 Feb 2013 1:32am

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

Fabulous image, Doug! Congratulations!

26 Feb 2013 2:21am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

congratulations!! well done!!

26 Feb 2013 3:37am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Spot on spotlight

26 Feb 2013 5:03am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Delighted for you that one of these amazing Murmeration photos won SPOTLIGHT. Congratulations.

26 Feb 2013 6:46am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Congratulations on the spotlight

26 Feb 2013 8:04am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Oh wow, congratulations for the Spotlight Doug!

26 Feb 2013 8:11am

Emma G from Auckland, New Zealand

congratulations on Spotlight - well deserved :)

26 Feb 2013 8:40am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!!!

26 Feb 2013 8:44am

CF09 from Tehran, Iran


26 Feb 2013 8:50am

Martine from bousval, Belgium


26 Feb 2013 9:34am

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

Congratulations for the spotlight.

26 Feb 2013 9:36am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Congratulations, Doug!

26 Feb 2013 9:56am

Robert from Belgium

An Englishman whose photo received a spotlight : who else could give such a dark atmosphere with birds ?
...Daphne du Maurier and her short storie "The Birds"....
Congratulations Doug : more than a photo!

26 Feb 2013 10:34am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb series. Congrats on your Spotlight, Doug!

26 Feb 2013 12:55pm

Mahmood from Tehran, Iran

Two Thumbs Up Masterpiece

26 Feb 2013 1:08pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Congratulations Doug !

26 Feb 2013 2:14pm

Florence from Paris, France

I knew it ! :-)

26 Feb 2013 3:15pm

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A spectacular capture and must be amazing to see. Congratulations on the Spotlight !

26 Feb 2013 5:51pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

26 Feb 2013 5:59pm

jean pierre from paris, France

bravo pour la photo !! félicitation pour le spotlight !! amitié

26 Feb 2013 6:22pm

ghazal khalatbari from shahsavar, Iran

congratulations!! well done

26 Feb 2013 7:15pm

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Congratulations on spotlight, so well deserved

26 Feb 2013 9:28pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight Doug! Well deserved! I loved this series!

26 Feb 2013 10:20pm

N.Shoosh from Shiraz, Iran

Great capture!

27 Feb 2013 9:11am

kimia from Tehran, Iran


28 Feb 2013 3:00pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really amazing, well done on the spotlight

28 Feb 2013 10:55pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/800 second
ISO 1600
75 mm