Starling Trail

Sunset - Ham Wall

Sunset – Ham Wall

There is often a beautiful sunset while waiting for the starlings to arrive at their roost in RSPB Ham Wall.  After the sun had dropped below the horizon the birds started to arrive through the golden sunset.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall

I had hoped the birds moved from Loxtons to Waltons so I headed for the Tor View hide in the middle of the read bed.  It was like a rugby scrum in the hide trying to get a view passed all those heads and shoulders.  But it was worth it for be fantastic display.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall

High in the sky the large flocks circled around the hide before dropping down into the reed bed just to the south.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall

The starlings funnel down into the same spot.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall

As expected the birds did not settle as they repeatedly lifted out the reeds in waves moving across the Waltons Heath.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall

Gradually, as it got darker the birds spread out amongst the reed in front of Glastonbury Tor.

Starling Murmuration - Ham Wall

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall

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