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2Nov/111

A Murmuration of Starlings

With autumn in progress and winter drawing near, millions of starlings are taking to the skies in a daily aerial dance where massive swarms of birds coalesce together and fly as if forming a single cohesive creature. Inside the sky-spanning flock, each starling keeps track of at least seven other birds and adjusts its flight pattern based on how neighboring birds are flying and swooping. The aim of each bird is to deter predators by grouping together and becoming something larger and more menacing to falcons and sparrowhawks which may be scanning the periphery of the swarm to grab a stray starling for dinner. The photos below were taken at Gretna Green located in the Scottish borderlands abutting England.

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  1. Hi,

    I have got a question. Is it possible to buy one of your pictures? And what is the maximum resolution of it?

    regards,

    Cees de Wildt


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