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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Starlings Are Back~



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.


8 comments:

Bonnie K said...

Your photos are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing.

Kirsti said...

Kyllä onkin paljon kottaraisia. Kauniit syksyn varit kuvissa. Kiitos :)

Alan Pavey said...

Nice shots and always great to watch the Starlings!

stiefbeen said...

O wat heerlijk om dit zo te volgen.

Giga said...

Cudownie widzieć taką ilość ptaków na raz na wspaniałych zdjęciach. Pozdrawiam.
Wonderful to see the number of birds at a time on the wonderful pictures. Yours.

Linda said...

Beautiful series of photos.

Cynthia McWilliams said...

I am so gladcyou are posting again..the starling series is sterling..just wonderful!!

Cynthia McWilliams said...

I am so gladcyou are posting again..the starling series is sterling..just wonderful!!