Another beautiful sky at RSPB Ham Wall. I think sometimes I like the skies more than the starlings – probably not. Today the sky did not have the deep red colours of last week but it had a wonderful texture of crisscrossed clouds.
I always photograph the first flock to arrive as it may be the only one to appear.
No need to worry as after a few minutes the sky was packed with birds from corner to corner.
The ducks witnessed the birds funnelling down into the reeds in the middle of Waltons Heath.
As the colours in the sky became more dramatic the starlings lifted from the reeds and flew passed us into Loxtons Marsh.
After a lot of noise the birds finally settled under the light of the cold December moon. A few stars visible in the night sky.
The Next Day
As dawn approached the wind was still very strong. Clouds moved rapidly through the sky above the glow of Glastonbury street lights in the distance.
Their endless chattering and the rush of their wings as the sunrise came closer created a wonderful sense of excitement.
As the birds moved around the reserve in the dark the best way to see them was from their reflections in the open water. But gradually they got easier to see and my camera had enough light to take pictures.
The starlings gathered in the reeds opposite the hide crushing them flat. Then all at once the birds lifted up into the sky.
Each wave of birds filled the sky.
After a few minutes of noise and chaos it suddenly falls silent.
Wait a few minutes to catch the sunrise over the lagoon.