Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Swirling Starlings

I am fortunate to have access to a members-only nature reserve in north Cheshire. It is a huge mere with reedy edges, and each winter one can observe no less than 5 species of birds roosting there; Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Black Headed Gull, Cormerant and Starling. The last of these is a sight never to be under-estimated, they gather just before dark to swirl about the reserve and over the water in the most spectacular fashion. As individuals the Starling has appeal because of its oily black plumage, but as a group these birds become one larger being, which makes for a truly magical spectacle...

And look, i've gone all goey eyed, awww!