Starlings Swarm – Fabulous aerobatics displays

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At around dusk, from November through March, in various parts of the UK (and in other parts of the world too where they exist, such as west USA…), starlings will congregate in mass and provide natural entertainment in the form of a seemingly choreographed dance of the flight.  I have selected a couple of videos below.  The first comes with valuable commentary and the whirring sound of the birds.  The birds fly in numbers that are estimated at up to half a million.  The aerobatics are startling and apparently there is no outright leader, nor ever an accident.  The first is entitled Starlings at Otmoor, the RSPB reserve near Oxford.

If you can’t get enough of these swarming starlings, this second video is set entirely to music and is quite pleasurable, if the quality of the film is a tad less good.  The music and the viewing make for a calming moment.

Finally, you can click here to view a third video on YouTube.  Provided by the Westmorland Gazette in the Lake District of England, they have chosen not allow the film to be embedded.


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