Starling Trail

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8352

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8352

My third evening at the starling roost at RSPB Ham Wall on the Somerset Levels.  Another beautiful evening – great skies and thousands of birds.

A Swan Escapes

This evening the birds were roosting deeper into the Loxtons Marsh.  Perhaps not so good for those watching from the main reserve track.  Many of the starlings were roosting near a patch of open water.  So there were plenty of opportunities to take photographs reflecting the wonderful sky.

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8339

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8339

As soon as the birds arrived this swan made a quick escape.

Starlings in Every Direction

Birds appeared from every direction.  A frantic, chaotic and noisey scene filling the sky over Loxtons Marsh.

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8458

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8458

More and more arrived.

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8455

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8455

Swooping in low overhead.

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8479

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8479

The Roost

Eventually the birds dropped into the reedbed to roost.

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8279

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8279

Starling Murmuration - Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8228

Starling Murmuration – Loxtons Marsh, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8228

And Finally…

A red sunset over Waltons Heath to end a great evening.

Autumn Sunset - Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8542

Autumn Sunset – Waltons Heath, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 823_8542

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