1. Su Leslie says:

    Great shot: they look individually so random, but isn’t there an underlying pattern in their flight?

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s astonishing how they change direction suddenly without crashing into one another, or how two flocks merge.

      1. Su Leslie says:

        I read an article about the science of starlings flocking a while ago. I remember reading it. I remember finding it fascinating. I can’t remember what it said (slaps forehead sadly).

        1. Heyjude says:

          Haha… I’m like that all the time! But I don’t think head slapping helps πŸ˜€

        2. Su Leslie says:

          I should tell that to my mother, whose mantra while we were kids went something like “a clip round the ear’ll knock some sense into you” — but then again, that wasn’t exactly a forehead slap :-/

        3. Heyjude says:

          I think the threat of a ‘clip around the ear’ worked wonders.

        4. Su Leslie says:

          πŸ™‚ that and brandishing the wooden spoon!

        5. Heyjude says:

          Mine was the slipper…

        6. Su Leslie says:

          I remember that too! A bit different to today’s “time out” and “the naughty corner” My son reckons my greatest weapon was “the disappointed look.”

        7. Heyjude says:

          That’s a good one πŸ™‚ I had a great ‘don’t mess with me look’ when I was teaching.

        8. Su Leslie says:

          I think all teachers should be taught that at college πŸ™‚ My niece has it — she teaches upper primary at a country school.

  2. beetleypete says:

    I recall watching flocks of starlings in a vortex, over Brighton Pier. Fascinating indeed!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, a proper murmuration is a sight to behold. I must go down to the Marazion marshes before it is too late to see them en masse.

    2. BeckyB says:

      One of the best things about living in Brighton was watching them arrive every evening and then observe the murmaration get bigger and bigger and bigger. Quite extraordinary. I wonder where they all now go, now that pier is no more? Or have they moved to the other pier?

      1. Heyjude says:

        The murmuration over the pier must have been quite a sight. Some excellent photos of it out there.

        1. BeckyB says:

          Was extraordinary . . . wish I had photos myself but was going through a phase of not taking many photos then. Silly girl!

      2. beetleypete says:

        I haven’t been back to Brighton in a long time, so no idea. I like the term murmuration though. I must remember that!
        Best wishes, Pete.

        1. BeckyB says:

          Fabulous word isn’t it πŸ™‚

  3. Lovely, but I wouldn’t want to stand under them…just in case! πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      My car, conservatory roof and Velux windows understand that comment πŸ™‚

  4. Elizabeth says:

    We get invaded by them now and then and they clean out my feeders. They are an invasive species here.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Fortunately for me these ones stay in the fields and hedgerows.

  5. Wow! That is an invasion!

  6. Wonderful photo! πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you. It’s not very clear, but I think you get the effect of the birds.

  7. equinoxio21 says:

    Very good. Made me think of Tippi Hedren. πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ha! I think of that film often living here – especially when they all line up on the telephone wires and hedgerows surrounding the house πŸ˜€

      1. equinoxio21 says:

        Oh. Very much so. But no fatalities yet, right?

        1. Heyjude says:

          Right πŸ˜€

  8. Ooh, I have something not dissimiliar with seagulls. I was trying to decide if it fit, but now I shall follow your lead and post it!

    1. BTW, I can just imagine the noise from all those birds!

      1. Heyjude says:

        They can be noisy, but I quite like hearing them chattering away.

        1. Like rainbow lorrikeets! (but less colourful)

    2. Heyjude says:

      It’s the sky isn’t it? Fits the brief πŸ™‚

  9. What a swarm! πŸ™‚

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