The starling season is well underway on the Somerset Levels. This was my first week on the starling watch so here is a quick catch-up.
The first of a series of large flocks flying in from the east over the Waltons Heath towards the Loxtons Marsh.
The starlings stream down into the reeds in front of the sunset.
The birds roosted deep in the marsh, passed the viewing screen and a long distance from the main path through Ham Wall.
The next day brought out a beautiful sky.
Today the birds dropped down into Waltons Heath.
However, the birds did not settle and repeatedly raised in waves across the reed bed.
As the sky became dark the birds moved back to the Loxtons Marsh.
Another day, and following a change in the weather and the starlings put on a fabulous aerial display.
They circled across the sky for several minutes putting on the best display I have seen for a long time.
It had to remind myself that there was only 30,000 birds. In a month or two there should be more than a million!
The birds finally roosted in the Loxtons Marsh.
The weather changed again as the blue of midday quickly clouded over.
Not a good day for a display. Instead the birds funnelled into the reeds.
A mass of birds only a few yards away.