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Murmeration 6 another perch

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Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 10 March 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The starling murmeration on the Somerset levels, fortunately they continue to do this despite the floods. This is a series of images I captured one evening. They gather in huge numbers, sometimes exceeding a million before they roost for the night in the reedbeds. The noise as the murmeration grows bigger is incredible, then something seems to trigger them and they fly off with an incredible noise of flapping wings in beautiful twisting and curving formations, sometimes to rest on the fields turning the grass almost black or to weigh down the branches on another tree until they're joined by even more. The only down side to watching this amazing natural event is, I usually have to wash my car hat and coat !!!

Canon EOS 60D 1/1000 second F/9.0 ISO 400 73 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.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This really is an amazing experience . .

10 Mar 2014 6:12am

rem_la from Villiers, France

incroyable cette quantité de piaf

10 Mar 2014 6:59am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandisoe vue que d'oiseaux en vol et ces beaux arbres c'est mervielleux sueprbe.

10 Mar 2014 7:39am

jean pierre from paris, France

un superbe nuage!! amitiés

10 Mar 2014 7:43am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...in crédible ! Very beautiful photo .

10 Mar 2014 7:54am

Fraeulein Julie from überall, Germany


10 Mar 2014 9:07am

shooter from United Kingdom


10 Mar 2014 9:16am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

beautiful sight but as you explain watching can be perilous

10 Mar 2014 9:53am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Going across the lighter sky is less ominous but still impressive.

10 Mar 2014 10:33am

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful...amazing shots here Doug :)

10 Mar 2014 12:24pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

wow amazing image, there must be quite a few thousand there.

10 Mar 2014 12:48pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The sheer volume of birds is amazing Doug! Nicely captured! ;-)

10 Mar 2014 1:03pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

nice busy shot

10 Mar 2014 2:23pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Fantastic series... wonderful capture.

10 Mar 2014 3:36pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Amazing image!

10 Mar 2014 4:36pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Cloud sunlight! ....... Best! Adela

10 Mar 2014 5:01pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Another great capture.

10 Mar 2014 7:21pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

What a spectacle!

10 Mar 2014 7:41pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That's the number of starlings is amazing and incredible. You know, at least the beginning of spring. Great pictures, starlings in flocks.

10 Mar 2014 7:54pm

Jeff & Pat from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

I admire your fortitude in the face of such a large Muckeration of s--te machines, nice one Doug . ;>)

10 Mar 2014 7:57pm

@Jeff & Pat: They tell me it's lucky, but I didn't realise how lucky I could be ;-))

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Totally amazing! It must be a spectacular sight! I can't begin to imagine the noise or the mess on the car!

10 Mar 2014 8:14pm

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

Truly amazing...this was a wonderful sky for a backdrop!

10 Mar 2014 8:20pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Fantastic cloud of birds!

10 Mar 2014 11:25pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

By day it doesn't look that threatening ... Once again a very impressive scene. Beautiful capture !!! The colors and light are fabulous ...

11 Mar 2014 12:26am

L'angevine from Angers, France

comme une impression qu'ils se sont volatilisés depuis cette barrière centrale

11 Mar 2014 8:26am

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

Truly fascinating ... and wonderful light. Is there food to their liking in your area that brings them back year after year? Or is this a common occurrence all around England?

11 Mar 2014 1:27pm

Canon EOS 60D
1/1000 second
ISO 400
73 mm