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The Greater Blue Eared Starling

The Greater Blue Eared Starling

Thousands of starlings surround a lone bird of prey which had swooped down to pick off a straggler. "Starlings have a very particular way of defending themselves from their predators like falcons and harriers. They form a large tightly packed flock and mob their enemy, scaring it off, frequently expanding and contracting and changing shape."

Pictures of the day: 6 December 2010

Thousands of starlings surround a lone bird of prey which had swooped down to pick off a straggler. "Starlings have a very particular way of defending themselves from their predators like falcons and harriers. They form a large tightly packed flock and mob their enemy, scaring it off, frequently expanding and contracting and changing shape."

Common Starling / Sturnus Vulgaris. Common indeed but still a beautiful bird and all the more impressive when seen flying in their thousands (known as murmuratuons). Photo by Estornino Pinto Santiago M. C

Common Starling / Sturnus Vulgaris. Common indeed but still a beautiful bird and all the more impressive when seen flying in their thousands (known as murmuratuons). Photo by Estornino Pinto Santiago M. C

Just one of the birds in decline in the UK. Starlings hit an all time low in the 2013 #birdwatch with their numbers sinking by a further 16 per cent from 2012. Do you expect to see starlings during your #birdwatch this weekend?

Just one of the birds in decline in the UK. Starlings hit an all time low in the 2013 #birdwatch with their numbers sinking by a further 16 per cent from 2012. Do you expect to see starlings during your #birdwatch this weekend?

This is one of the clouds of Starlings that were surrounding me on the Somerset Levels during a recent visit. The million or so birds roost overnight in the reed beds. If you have never seen this awesome Winter roost it's worth the trip where ever you live.  I just kept my finger on the shutter button and I'm amazed at the shapes I have captured as the flocks constantly change shape in a slow, fluid motion.  Canon 5D, 70-200 f2.8

This is one of the clouds of Starlings that were surrounding me on the Somerset Levels during a recent visit. The million or so birds roost overnight in the reed beds. If you have never seen this awesome Winter roost it's worth the trip where ever you live. I just kept my finger on the shutter button and I'm amazed at the shapes I have captured as the flocks constantly change shape in a slow, fluid motion. Canon 5D, 70-200 f2.8

**so cool, love the Ireland one** Starling Murmurations, by Alain Delorme, 2013. This image is apparently a sculpture piece (what?) but the videos of murmurations in this link are amazing.

You Won't Believe These Patterns Created by Flocks of Birds in Flight

**so cool, love the Ireland one** Starling Murmurations, by Alain Delorme, 2013. This image is apparently a sculpture piece (what?) but the videos of murmurations in this link are amazing.

One of our struggling species... you may see lots of starlings in your garden but they are actually in decline. Are you still lucky enough to have them visit your garden? Big Garden #Birdwatch.

One of our struggling species... you may see lots of starlings in your garden but they are actually in decline. Are you still lucky enough to have them visit your garden? Big Garden #Birdwatch.

Starling murmuration similar to what is happening near Miller Park at dusk.

Starling murmuration similar to what is happening near Miller Park at dusk.

'When mathematicians look at crowd behaviour, they see beautiful fractal patterns. In their eyes, we swoop and soar like a murmuration of starlings, all as one.'

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'When mathematicians look at crowd behaviour, they see beautiful fractal patterns. In their eyes, we swoop and soar like a murmuration of starlings, all as one.'

Murmuration of Starlings - Location unknown on November 22, 2013. (Note: there is a bird of prey above the star and the starlings group together for safety.) Photograp...

Murmuration of Starlings - Location unknown on November 22, 2013. (Note: there is a bird of prey above the star and the starlings group together for safety.) Photograp...

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