Starlings at Rigg, Gretna Green, 4th January 2014 mini update

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

I really do not have much time at all to write, but today Maria and I have both witnessed one of the most amazing experiences with starlings which I thought I would share. As much of the UK is being battered by some of the worst storms in years, and while we too had heavy rain this morning, just at dusk the clouds cleared and with hardly any wind, conditions were pretty much perfect to watch the starlings.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

I will write a longer report soon, especially as in our new location we were right under the starlings and this gave us a very different perspective on the complex patterns of flocking, as opposed to watching them from an elevated or more distant perspective.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

Starlings

Photo: Simon Robinson

I recorded again quite a bit of video, and once I have organised it, I will write a slightly longer report. But what a blessing to be in this exact location, with this break in the weather, under a canopy of starlings.

Photo: Simon Robinson

Photo: Simon Robinson

I have now posted some more photos from this afternoon in this article:

Further photos of the starlings at Rigg, Gretna Green, 4th Jan 2014

 

2 responses to “Starlings at Rigg, Gretna Green, 4th January 2014 mini update

  1. hey Simon: delightful wonderful stuff—and thanks so much for taking the time to document this extraordinary gathering. My wife and I had a similar (if more urban) experience in Berlin during our last visit. We were crossing the bridge near the Deutsches Museum on Unter den Linden at dusk, when an uncountable cloud of starlings detached itself from several trees behind us. We hadn’t noticed the birds until they rose and did their nocturnal thing, spiralling up into the sky and disappearing into the twilight. Sublime. Cheers and all best for ’14

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