Starling Murmuration, Brighton Pier

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    After the first, smaller starling murmuration had settled for the night, a second, huge murmuration of perhaps 40,000 birds arrived from the west and engulfed Brighton Pier with a cacophony of wings and birdsong. I felt quite drunk just looking at this mesmerising natural spectacle.

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    1. JJWaller 27 months ago | reply

      After these settled (if your shot was yesterday) the murmuring dance above the West Pier lasted for nearly a further 15 minutes, always enthralling.

    2. Alan MacKenzie 27 months ago | reply

      I would like to take pictures of starlings from a boat, anchored just off Brighton Pier, under their flight path. Everything about the murmurations is amazing, John. How the local population can fail to watch this more often is a mystery. And, JJWaller, I took this yesterday, but I had to attend work shortly afterwards, so I missed the final 15 minutes.

    3. John Nunney 27 months ago | reply

      Alan, i would recommend watching Earth Flight on BBC1 on iplayer, "the making of' episode was the best, HD cameras attached to birds and trained from chicks to follow a microlite whilst being filmed! 5 years in the making...well worth the TV licence fee ;-)

    4. c|oud|ess 27 months ago | reply

      Wow just amazing!!! You're lucky tobe able to see something so amazing =) It reminds me of BBC's Earth Flight =) Great pic!

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    6. Photography by Clare Scott 27 months ago | reply

      AWESOME! I would LOVE to see this =))

    7. castgen 27 months ago | reply

      Marvelous composition, with great tones!!!

    8. ptimat 27 months ago | reply

      Definitely one very impressive sight, lucky you to witness all that !

    9. David.Asch 27 months ago | reply

      That's incredible and really well captured. I bet that was a sight to behold first-hand?

    10. Giles Watson's poetry and prose 27 months ago | reply

      Yes, I can imagine how that could be utterly mesmerizing. A big flock of starlings in flight formation is one of the great wonders of the natural world. Superb photo.

    11. Sussex Wildlife Trust 27 months ago | reply

      Stunning - I love how you have captured the sheer abundance of the spectacle. I will share.

    12. Alan MacKenzie 27 months ago | reply

      Thank you. I may shoot a high definition video of the starlings next. I saw the programme John Nunney wrote about in his comment.

    13. Coba84 26 months ago | reply

      Scary good!

    14. solanna7 26 months ago | reply

      amazing pictures!!!

    15. cunatai 25 months ago | reply

      this is amazin, have never seen anything alike, great capture

    16. Badge McVid 20 months ago | reply

      This really is amazing

    17. Smith-Bob 19 months ago | reply

      That is quite incredible. Great capture.

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