Photo 101 – Mystery
I have chosen another of my Starlings over North Pier shots for this challenge. I have about fifty photographs from this evening and have processed only four of them so I thought I would showcase this new one. It is still somewhat of a mystery as to why Starlings murmerate. There are different theories, one is that they do it to stay safe whilst roosting making it harder for prey to get to them. Another is that they are increasing heat levels prior to roosting to keep warm for the evening.
The huge gatherings are at their largest in winter, as they are boosted by thousands of migrant birds visiting from Europe for Britain’s milder Atlantic climate. If you are lucky enough to see this wonderful sight you would be forgiven for thinking that there must be an abundance of these birds. However the starling population has crashed by over 70% in recent years, meaning they are now on the critical list of UK birds most at risk.
Now is the time to see them in the UK so if you have a roost site near you I would urge you to go and watch at sunset, it really is spectacular. This photograph was taken at North Pier in Blackpool, North of England.