Starling Dawn

Ham Wall from Glastonbury Tor - Somerset, UK. ID 827_8074

Ham Wall from Glastonbury Tor – Somerset, UK. ID 827_8074

Early morning and looking west from the top of Glastonbury Tor the Avalon Marshes and RSPB Ham Wall are sitting deep in the mist.  Not a starling in sight.

Down in the Marsh

Diving down in Loxtons Marsh are a million starlings making quite a noise in the fog.  Still nothing to see.

Morning in Loxtons Marsh - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_7992

Morning in Loxtons Marsh – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_7992

As time moves towards 8 o’clock the birds start to move around between the reeds.

Starling Dawn - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8004

Starling Dawn – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8004

Gradually, the noise level increases and more and more birds are flying around in a starling soup.

Starling Dawn - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8021

Starling Dawn – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8021

Suddenly, the flock bursts into the air.

Starling Dawn - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8044

Starling Dawn – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8044

Starling Dawn - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8046

Starling Dawn – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8046

Starling Dawn - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8051

Starling Dawn – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8051

Witnessed by a handful of lucky people.

Starling Dawn - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8067

Starling Dawn – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8067

Which way to look?

Starling Dawn - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8068

Starling Dawn – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 827_8068

The marsh falls silent.

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