I almost didn’t make it in time to watch the starlings come in to roost this evening but after enduring what feels like endless rain and dull grey skies for weeks now, a break in the weather was just too tempting to resist.
After a quick dash home to grab my camera I arrived at the seafront to find a large flock of starlings already hovering in the sky above the pier. In my haste I had forgotten to pick up the spare camera with wide angle lens, a great shame as it would have been great to capture a wider view of the action which soon took place. I did at least capture a couple of minutes of video footage on my mobile.
Despite appearance the evening was blustery, the air crisp and bitterly cold. A great evening then to have also forgotten my gloves. The starlings too had to contend with the conditions and were battling the winds to stay in their tight formations.
Tonight it appear that it was this weather, rather than the presence of a predator which caused the starlings to murmurate, although perhaps rather less dramatically. It was still a fascinating dance to watch, the starlings flapping their wings furiously against the powerful updrafts blowing in off the sea, creating a beautiful fluid motion through the sky.
As the sun began to descend below the horizon, the starlings followed, their silhouettes captured against the last spectacular rays of golden light peeping out from the low lingering cloud.
I think this must be my favourite photo of the evening, a sunset tornado!
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