In the winter Starlings appear in large numbers from the near continent to seek the warmth on our island, murmurations can start an hour or so before sunset when huge groups of starlings twist, turn, swoop and swirl across the sky in beautiful shape-shifting clouds. They roost overnight in the nearby reed marshes next to the coast at Marazion, but they come to feed in their thousands in the fields around my home.
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These are a few of the images I managed to capture on 16th December over the farmyard next door. They are still here in their thousands and the other day when out in the garden, I heard a loud noise above me, only to find myself in the centre of a murmuration. Of course when they are this close you don’t see the spectacular murmurations that you might see as they come in to roost, but I am still in awe of the flight of these birds as they fly together and change direction as one.