It has been another busy week down at Ham Wall. We have had some lovely weather, beautiful sunsets, and about 70,000 starlings.
The low slit in the clouds allowed the setting sun to cast its golden glow across the nature reserve.
The starlings flew over to Loxton’s Marsh, circled around for a bit, then moved over to Waltons Heath to roost in the reeds.
The last rays of the sun illuminated the underside of the starling wings.
The next morning I arrived early to watch them lift out of Waltons Heath.
Despite the poor weather it was another good display.
Another day, and back down to Ham Wall for an evening with the starlings.
They arrived in front of the moon.
I got distracted trying to photograph birds flying passed the moon. The closest I got was this marsh harrier.
In the evening light the marsh harriers watched the ground.
For me this is a rare video. The starlings had already dropped into the reeds. But they always take a long time to settle, this swan had to duck as each group of starlings flew over head.