Starling Trail

Sunset - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_4532

Sunset – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_4532

It has been another busy week down at Ham Wall.  We have had some lovely weather, beautiful sunsets, and about 70,000 starlings.

Starling  Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_4786

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_4786

The low slit in the clouds allowed the setting sun to cast its golden glow across the nature reserve.

Starling  Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_4927

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_4927

The starlings flew over to Loxton’s Marsh, circled around for a bit, then moved over to Waltons Heath to roost in the reeds.

Starling  Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_4865

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_4865

The last rays of the sun illuminated the underside of the starling wings.

Starling  Murmuration - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_4675

Starling Murmuration – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_4675

The next morning I arrived early to watch them lift out of Waltons Heath.

Starling Dawn - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5198

Starling Dawn – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5198

Despite the poor weather it was another good display.

Starling Dawn - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5274

Starling Dawn – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5274

Another day, and back down to Ham Wall for an evening with the starlings.

Ham Wall - Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5386

Ham Wall – Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5386

They arrived in front of the moon.

Starling Dawn - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5726

Starling Dawn – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID JB_5726

I got distracted trying to photograph birds flying passed the moon.  The closest I got was this marsh harrier.

Marsh Harrier - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID IMG_2287

Marsh Harrier – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID IMG_2287

In the evening light the marsh harriers watched the ground.

Marsh Harrier - Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID IMG_2287

Marsh Harrier – Ham Wall, Somerset Levels, UK. ID IMG_2287

And finally…

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.

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