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A murmuration of starlings in my back garden

Over lunch, I glanced out the window into our back garden. The sky was full of starlings. I grabbed my phone and stepped outside. When I looked up, I was reminded of those shots of an endless stream of bombers crossing the English Channel on D-Day. The sky was busy with birds.

This was the first time I’d ever seen a murmuration of starlings in real life. They were a great amoebic mass, and seemed to behave almost exactly like a school of fish. Nature copies itself all the time.

I’m afraid the combination of an iPhone camera and many small black dots against a partially-cloudy sky isn’t exactly a recipe for brilliant web video. But here’s what I put together. And yes, I did get pooped on. Just my foot, mind you, but it counts.

Murmuration of Starlings over Argeliers, France from Darren Barefoot.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t cite the most Internet-famous (and much better looking) video of starlings, uh, murmurating.


3 Responses to “A murmuration of starlings in my back garden”

  1. Harmen

    That video makes me want to go out and kajak. Ripped jeans optional.

  2. bobby


    Are you happy that Obama received a second term. Or are you unhappy that the aforementioned will assume four more years of leadership?


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