Another wonderful visit to the starling roost at RSPB Ham Wall. Beautiful sky, good friends and a stunning starling display combined to create a evening that was so wonderful. Could this evening could ever be improved?
The birds start to arrive in small flocks like rolling balls of birds.
A harrier appeared from no where and spread the flock.
It never came close. Perhaps it was just having some fun playing chase.
Its early in the season and only around 50,000 birds planned to share this roost. Soon the birds started to drop into the reedbed.
Unsettled the birds repeatedly lifted back up into the sky.
The launch of thousands of birds into the air is immense. The roost swashes the reeds flat. As they take off the reedbed flips over as one slapping the surface of the open water. The sudden release of energy creating a wave as if they were on the coast.
As more birds join the roost it gets more and more crowded.
Back in the Sky
The roost decided to take to the air again. Flying 360 degrees around our heads in every direction.
The birds came so close.
The birds finally started to settle. Do not miss a chance to experience the roost site close-up. It turns into a seething dark monster crushing the reeds flat. The noise does not stop as birds continue to lift and drop hoping to take the best points.