Ballet in the sky

Starlings
Starlings

Nature photography is all about grasping the opportunity when it arises. While I was still processing and selecting the images taken in Norway a week ago and was planning to go outside to enjoy the gorgeous spring weather we have at the moment, a new opportunity crossed my way. On Facebook I saw several pictures of a large flock of starlings dancing around in the sky, one of the things that was still very high on my to do list. So I asked one of the photographers, Jan van der Greef, and he kindly told me where to find this spectacle. It wasn’t really around the corner, but we decided to go anyway. It started really slow, with several small groups flying back and forth. However, shortly after sunset, the big flock arrived. It flew up and down, behind some trees and sometimes out in the open. It was really spectacular to watch. I watched in awe, but fortunately didn’t forget to take some pictures. It’s really nice to see all those different shapes they make, imagining things they could depict. And then, suddenly, they all landed out of sight and the spectacle was over… Leaving us behind, with new impressions that will stay with us for a long time…

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

4 comments

  • Wow, it didn’t know that there are special places where murmeration happens regularly. I always thought it’s pretty random. I guess the trick is to watch out where colonies of starlings are living?

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    • It is indeed pretty random where it happens, but once at a certain place, they stay there for several days (or sometimes weeks). It doesn’t have to be where they are on daytime, when I arrived, there was just a group of 10 starlings present…

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