The landscape of the Avalon Marshes is where a million starlings choose to spend their winter nights. The marshes provide them some relative warmth and safety. For us this provides an amazing spectacle to watch twice a day. The birds arrive around sunset, spend the night amongst the reeds, then leave in a rush at dawn.
The starling season starts in November with a few thousand birds then the number of birds increases to around a million at Christmas. According to the RSPB there are currently about 70,000 birds.
The starling gathered north of the first viewing platform in Ham Wall, before circling around and roosting in the reed bed of the Waltons.
While waiting for the starlings to arrive I spent time photographing the friendly robins.
The next day and the weather was not as good. But we get to see some swirling patterns.
This year has seen the marsh harriers coming out in numbers. They are hard to miss and if you are lucky they may spook the starlings into creating some of their famous murmuration patterns.
The following morning I arrived early. Too early in fact as the stars were still shining.
But the dawn colours were stunning.
Just before dawn the starlings began to move around the reed bed.
Before eventually filling the sky to spread out across the Somerset countryside.
It was some of the best morning colours I have ever seen at Ham Wall.
Not long after an even bigger flock of starlings appeared above Loxtons Marsh.
It was all over too quickly, as the last few birds left the reserve.
Driving home I came across these starlings re-grouping on Tealham Moor.
This marsh harrier decided to have a go at a huge mute swan.