I’m getting a bit behind with my starling news so here we go with a recap of the entire weekend.
After weeks of good weather, today was so dark and dull that I decided to go old school with some black and white pictures.
The starling cloud floated around then got all twisted up as the birds descended into the reeds.
Today, I decided to watch the starlings lift out the reeds in the morning.
The birds moved in waves around the reed beds gathering from all directions into a black mass.
Suddenly, the birds exploded up into the air like a volcano of birds.
The weather was a little bit brighter on Sunday.
Watching from the viewing screen in the middle of the Loxtons Marsh I saw flock after flock drift into the distance.
The birds were dropping down into the reeds in Waltons Heath behind the trees.
I had given up on the evening when huge flocks of starlings flowed all the way back from the Waltons to Loxtons.
An amazingly dense cloud of birds.
The birds did not settle in the reeds. They kept moving eastwards in rolling waves towards the second viewing platform.
There is a big gap in the reeds and the birds needed to cross a footpath, a line of dead trees and open water to reach the next reed bed.
Looking straight up into the sky the starlings were darting across the footpath. As I walked up the path the birds also moved – sometimes in-front and sometimes behind. They were very low and would not fly directly over my head!
I switched to a 16mm super wide angle lens to capture the birds just a few feet above me.
This week I am going to be really busy so its unlikely I can back down to Ham Wall until the weekend.