At first they seem like feint clouds in the far distant sky...then you realise its not a cloud, but a mass of starlings. More and more 'clouds' appear from all directions, and as they fly closer, it becomes clearer that what you are looking at is a massive 'swarm' of birds. These 'clouds' merge together over about 15 minutes and then they begin to gather and swirl, making patterns in the sky as they decide exactly which spot they want to choose for their night time roost site. It is such a breathtaking sight... Here are some photos - some of my favourite so far!
|Marsh Harrier over golden reed beds (centre of pic about 1/3 way down)|
|Starling murmurations (dark cloudy shadows at the foot of the hills just above the trees)|
|Murmurations in front of Glastonbury Tor|
|Starlings in action...!|
WOW!! My favourite shot!
|Starling Murmurations from Ham Wall.|
|Clevedon Sea Front|
|Clevedon Sea Front - looking towards Weston|
So, the paint brushes have had a few days off this week, the camera has been working overtime...it all builds on inspiration for new paintings...its all good and its reinforced in my mind that I love where I live!