Cold autumn/winter days may not be ideal for bird watchers in UK, but they are perfect for the starlings. Every year tens of thousands, sometimes millions, of starlings choose to spend the winter here.
Luckily, this year, they have chosen their roosting sites in the reedbeds of a local Nature Reserve.
These gatherings usually begin in November with relatively small numbers, as seen in these photos taken last week.
Although the starlings did not perform the famous aerial display (murmuration) that day, I was still very impressed and felt very privileged to watch these charismatic birds.
Then they disappeared into the reedbeds as fast as they arrived.
As the weeks go on and the weather gets colder, more and more birds will arrive. Hopefully I will be able to capture larger starling gatherings this winter.