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Starlings, Shapwick Heath, Somerset.

An incredible sight (and hard to photograph!) as what is estimated to be between one and three million starlings fly in huge swirling patterns before settling in the reeds for the night. We walked past the reeds later - the sound was amazing!
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Feb 06 2011 11:29 GMT CeterusParibus
cracking shot .. I thought they migrated away
Feb 06 2011 11:49 GMT superJoan
Thor...and I thought Starlings were disappearing....we don't see many around here...just the odd few in the garden...great to see them all....
Feb 06 2011 11:55 GMT Koren
fabulous shot Thor, we get some round here but its een along time since I've seenthis many!
Feb 06 2011 12:09 GMT linnywv PRO
My goodness Thor! An amazing sight to see I bet!
Feb 06 2011 13:01 GMT ujbanyiv
Excellent Photo.
Feb 06 2011 13:31 GMT sini
Feb 06 2011 13:41 GMT Annamaria
Wow... that must have been some noise!!
Feb 06 2011 16:36 GMT Midworlder PRO
It must have been amazing
Feb 06 2011 16:46 GMT PhotoPro PRO
wow - speechless - this must have been an exhilarating experience

Near Austin Texas, there are about 15-20 million Mexican bats that spend the day in a nearby cave, they just as dusk begins, ALL of them fly out at once (we saw a Discovery Channel show on it too) never hitting another. They use their incredible sonar capabilities to achieve this. Many other links on a search for this - this is my fav
Feb 07 2011 00:30 GMT potterjo
Feb 07 2011 21:23 GMT lizzieb
wow Thor. I have something similar when I was taken to see the starlings about 3 years ago. They are amazing.
Feb 08 2011 07:45 GMT VandA
Amazing, I want to see them!
Feb 08 2011 09:41 GMT teddybear2
wow this is amazing and especially worth seeing in full size
Feb 12 2011 22:40 GMT mbz
Feb 17 2011 08:16 GMT LizSA
oh wow... amazing.. I can believe the sound as they settled... we have seen it and must have been a drop in the bucket compared to your experience, was going to upload mine but after this...................... !!! what can I say... !!
Feb 18 2011 03:45 GMT rosyapple PRO
I love this phenomenon and well photographed! I have seen the near Gretna Green like this. The audio is awesome too!