Saturday, November 26, 2011

Murmuration

Here's a video clip that Steven Leak from The Golden Fish passed along my way. It shows an impressive flight of starlings over the Shannon River in Ireland. It happened that soon after viewing this video we saw a very similar (though much smaller) flight of starlings over a vineyard not far from our house.


Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.


This video appears on wired.com where you'll find an explanation of it.

It is pretty impressive.

5 comments:

steven said...

dan - i could (and i do) wish to see something like this but really it's too astonishing and reveals so much of this place!!!! steven

Delwyn said...

Isn't that just wonderful.
I have seen thousands of seagulls rise off the sandbanks at the river mouth and do the same thing at dusk...I loved it when they broke into two groups and then reformed. It is like a ballet.

thanks Dan and Steven

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Steven, for sending this one along my way. We have starlings that glean the vineyards after the harvest. Nylon netting keeps them hungry until the people have their harvest. Soon as the netting is rolled up, they arrive in huge numbers. The noise of the wind in their feathers is unexpectedly loud.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Delwyn,

Yes, like ballet. A lot like schooling dish as well. Really something to behold and wonder about.

Alden said...

Amazing - I have recently a few of these clips on our national news of swarms like this is Europe as well. They are like huge fish swarms in the sky!