Starling Trail

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6597

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6597

Over the Moon

The first few starlings appear high in the sky above Glastonbury Tor.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5604

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5604

Sitting in a hide the evening started out as normal, then directly in front of us a full moon emerged from behind a bank of clouds into a soft pink sky.

Marsh Harrier in Moonlight - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5631

Marsh Harrier in Moonlight – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5631

The starling flock flew passed, it was several minutes before small numbers started to return.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5836

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5836

The numbers gradually increase.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5907

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5907

And soon the sky was full of starlings.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5916

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5916

The starlings begin to drop into the reeds.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6235

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6235

Streams of birds arching across the sky.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6280

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6280

Getting lower and lower before dropping into the reeds.

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6288

A stunning sky full of starlings streaming to the roost site in wave after wave.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6355

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6355

… after wave.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6359

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6359

The flock continuously moved about just above the reeds.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6436

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6436

Dashing across the lagoon.

Starlings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6417

Starlings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6417

And finally…

Recently the lapwings have been putting on a fabulous flying display in front of the first viewing platform.  Today a small group finished off the evening with their black and white show.

Lapwings - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6499

Lapwings – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6499

One last surprise!

Walking back to the car park the sunset over the Walton’s Heath lake was amazing.

Sunset - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6829

Sunset – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_6829

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