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Discovered this in my archives and can't believe it has been buried all this time, just did a little clarity. My favorite part is the sky reflecting off the windows of the closest gazebo!



It is a highly gregarious species in autumn and winter. Flock size is highly variable, with huge flocks providing a spectacular sight and sound usually occurring near roosts. These huge flocks often attract birds of prey such as Merlins or Sparrowhawks. Flocks form a tight sphere-like formation in flight, frequently expanding and contracting and changing shape, seemingly without any sort of leader. Very large roosts, exceptionally up to 1.5 million birds, can form in city centres, woodlands, or reedbeds, causing problems with their droppings. These may accumulate up to 30 cm deep, killing trees by their chemical concentration; in smaller amounts, the droppings are, however, beneficial as a fertiliser, and therefore woodland managers may try to move roosts from one area of a wood to another to spread the benefit and avoid large toxic deposits.[11]


Huge flocks of more than a million Starlings are observed just before sunset in spring in southwestern Jutland, Denmark. There they gather in March until northern Scandinavian birds leave for their breeding ranges by mid-April. Their flocking creates complex shapes against the sky, a phenomenon known locally as sort sol ("Black Sun"). To witness this spectacle, the best place are the seaward marshlands (marsken in Danish) of Tønder and Esbjerg municipalities between Tønder and Ribe.[12]


Flocks of anything from five to fifty thousand Starlings form in areas of the UK just before sundown during mid winter. These flocks are commonly called a Starling "Moot".


My wife and I have just had a a five day break in Brighton, Sussex where we had , cold yet bright sunny weather with a couple of showers. This was sunset on the first evening .




The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier is a pleasure pier in Brighton, England. It is generally known as the Palace Pier for short, but has been informally renamed Brighton Pier since 2000 by its owners, the Noble Organisation, as it is now Brighton's only non-derelict pier. The West Pier was its rival but was closed in 1975 and was subsequently severely damaged by fires and storms, with the remaining iron structure being partially demolished in 2010. Historically, the now destroyed Royal Suspension Chain Pier was the first pier structure built in Brighton.


Work began on the Palace Pier in 1891, the inaugural ceremony for laying of the first pile was held on 7 November 1891, overseen by Mayor Samuel Henry Soper. The pier opened in May 1899 after costing a record £27,000 to build. This was Brighton's third pier. A condition to be met by its builders, in exchange for permission to build, was that the first, the Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, was to be demolished.[1] They were saved this task by a storm which largely destroyed the Chain Pier.


A concert hall opened two years later, and by 1911 this had become a theatre.


During World War II the pier was closed and some decking removed as a security precaution.[1]


Summer shows with stars such as Dick Emery, Tommy Trinder and Doris and Elsie Waters were held in the theatre until the 1970s.[1]


During a storm in 1973, a 70-ton barge moored at the pier's landing stage broke loose and began to damage the pier head, particularly the theatre.[1] Despite fears that the pier would be destroyed, the storm eased and the barge was removed.[1] The damaged theatre was never used again.[1]


In 1986 the theatre was removed, on the understanding that it would be replaced.[2] This has not happened, and the present seaward end building looks fairly modern in comparison with the rest of the structure, supporting a domed amusement arcade and several fairground rides, including several thrill rides, children's rides and roller coasters.


A bomb planted by the IRA near the pier in 1994 was defused by a controlled explosion.[3]


The pier had signs reading "Brighton Pier" attached to it in 2000, although this change is not recognised by the National Piers Society or many of the residents of Brighton and Hove.[citation needed] The local newspaper, The Argus, still generally refers to the structure as the Palace Pier.


The Palace Pier suffered a large fire on 4 February 2003 but the damage was limited and most of the pier was able to reopen the next day. This was a fraught period for Brighton's piers, with much damage occurring to the West Pier (of 1866) shortly before and after this event.


In 2004 the Brighton Marine Palace Pier Company (owned by the Noble Organisation), admitted an offence of breaching public safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act and had to pay fines and costs of £37,000 after a fairground ride was operated with part of its track missing. Judge Nicholas Ainley, passing sentence at Hove Crown Court, said that inadequate procedures were to blame for the fact that nothing had been done to alert staff or passengers that the ride would be dangerous to use. As a result, the management team was replaced and began a new training programme. The company subsequently employed a full-time health and safety manager.[citation needed]


The pier was listed at Grade II* on 20 August 1971.[4] As of February 2001, it was one of 70 Grade II*-listed buildings and structures, and 1,218 listed buildings of all grades, in the city of Brighton and Hove.[5]

A previously unprocessed shot from early one morning, a year or so ago. The sad remains of the once magnificent

West Pier, Brighton.


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Brighton Bandstand, the Birdcage sitting on the city seafront, designed by Phillip Lockwood and completed in 1884 is designated as a Grade II Listed Building of Architectural importance.


It fell into a bad state of disrepair and was re-opened in summer 2009, having undergone a major restoration project to return the building to its Victorian splendour.

I walked along the beach towards the marina, these rocks were exposed as the tide was low. You can see the Brighton Pier in the background.

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Summer 2012,looks like more of the same this year.

This was not shot with a zoom lens, I was lying on my back throwing chips in the air shooting at 27mm.


This is one of the photos from a shoot where I shot Brighton, pretty much none stop for 36 hours to produce this montage. The whole thing was fillmed by a film crew for O2's YouTube channel. You can watch the film and read more about this on my blog here. You can see some of the other images I shot for the montage in this Flickr set.


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Shot on a cold February day on Brighton beach. It doesn't matter what time of year you visit Brighton, there's always people on the beach! This image is a high dynamic range image created from three images shot using different exposures to bring out the detail in the sky, sea and beach.


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Brighton Pier during sunset

Brighton Pavilion, plucked from India, and covered in snow, on a rare snowy day in Brighton

Last of the Starlings,only a few thousand left as they head back to Scandinavia for the summer.They still make an impressive sight.

One thing Brighton has is plenty of starlings.


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Low tide on Brighton beach

Brighton Pier, with the sculpture 'Afloat' by artist Hamish Black in the foreground.


Late evening in Brighton, East Sussex

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The Brighton Wheel is a transportable Ferris wheel erected in October 2011 on the seafront.

It has planning permission to remain in place until 2016..


The Brighton Pier, or Palace Pier, as its officially know, after the tail end of a storm

madeira drive just after sunrise

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