Starling watch resumes

After a dismal day full of driving rain and wind it looked like any hopes of a decent starling watch this evening were dashed. Fortunately as dusk approached the weather turned and a few tempting patches of blue sky began to appear. Heading out at the last minute, I arrived at the pier just in…

Starling season

As the seasons change and the residual warmth and vibrant colours of autumn are replaced by the chill and bleakness of winter, these darkening days signal the start of my favourite time of year for photography. The return of Aberystwyth’s famous starling murmurations. Each winter here in Aberystwyth thousands of starlings gather in huge flocks…

The show must go on

I knew tonight would be my last opportunity to see the starlings this year due to work commitments tying up most of my evenings, and the season drawing to a rapid close. As the days grow longer and with Spring just around the corner, numbers have already begun to drop off as the winter migrants…

A ray of sunshine

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…

Ambush

Another cloudless and stunning evening in Aberystwyth drew me once again to the promenade for my regular ‘starling watch’. Conditions could not have been more perfect with crystal clear skies and the setting sun creating a beautiful backdrop of pastel orange and blue on which to capture the starlings throwing some shapes. After a slow…

Shaping up

Another evening, and yet another visit to the starling murmurations at Aberystwyth promenade. No two experiences are ever the same, and this is one of the reasons I am drawn back to watch the starlings time and time again. Conditions today were quite the contrast from just my previous visit with overcast skies and a…

Capturing the moment

Having been feeling rather under the weather for the past week or so, a tempting sunset and the promise of starlings felt like the perfect antidote to cheer me up. I opted to use my wide angle lens in anticipation of some impressive skies and Aberystwyth once again delivered one of it’s spectacular sunsets. The…

Early birds

Starling numbers in Aberystwyth have been building for a few weeks now, the locals joined by their European cousins, migrants eager to escape the bitter cold of a scandinavian winter. As the population grows so begins the annual winter spectacle of our starling murmurations and certainly the highlight of my photographic year! During my first…

Fight or flight

It’s now mid May and for many birds the breeding season is now in full swing. Down in the harbour waters of ‘the Gap’ the mallard ducks have already begun to pair up, however as is common among many duck species, males outnumber females quite considerably. For those that are unsuccessful in winning a mate…

Shapeshifters

My final ‘starling watch’ of the season looked like it was going to be a rather underwhelming one despite an almost perfect golden sunset. Numbers were still impressive but certainly down from the previous weeks and the starlings flew unhurriedly, swirling slowly around the pier until they began to drop from the sky into the…

Forecast: Cloudy with a chance of starlings

With much of the UK enjoying a little snow this week, here in Aberystwyth there was, as usual not a flake to be seen! Whilst there was no flurry of snowflakes to enjoy, yesterday evening we were treated instead to a blizzard of birds, as the local starlings made their nightly commute to the pier…

Shoot for the stars

A somewhat underwhelming display from the starlings this evening, although the early arrivals did create a few interesting shapes in the sky . What do you see? A shooting star perhaps… —Photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography ┬ęgreyfeatherphotography.com If you like what you see, you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@greyfeatherphotography) to see my latest photographs….