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Man Spends 4 Days Trying To Capture A Murmuration Of Starlings, Gets Surprised When He Sees The Result

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Man Spends 4 Days Trying To Capture A Murmuration Of Starlings, Gets Surprised When He Sees The Result


Sometimes in nature things happen that seem too good to be true, perfect coincidences that vividly illustrate the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

One such episode occurred over the Costa Brava, in Northeastern Spain, when a mass of starlings began to gather into a shape-shifting cloud, known as a murmuration. This phenomenon is a true spectacle, with hundreds, sometimes thousands or more birds moving and twisting in what appears to be a coordinated, single organism that can quickly morph into some startling shapes.

Photographer Daniel Biber from Hilzingen, Germany was there when the starlings began to swirl and twist, most likely the result of a predator such as a falcon or hawk being in the vicinity. It was almost supernatural that in response to the predator, the cloud of starlings ended up twisting and turning themselves into a giant, single bird, as if to say to their tormentor, “we are bigger than you.”

The photos have earned Mr. Biber a prize in an international photography competition, but he didn’t realise that he had captured such unique shots until later on. “Only when I checked the pictures on the computer later, I realised what formation the starlings had created,” he told the Daily Mail. “I was so concentrated on taking pictures at the time that I hadn’t realised that the starlings had created a giant bird in the sky.”

It was a case of patience pays off for Mr. Biber, who had tried and failed to capture the starlings in full flow before. “’I’ve tried to photograph the starlings but it never worked out as well as I hoped for,” he said. “’I eventually drove to the spot every day for four days in a row in order to capture them. I picked a spot where I thought they would turn up and picked a matching foreground and backdrop in order to put them in scene.”

Scroll down below to check out Mr. Biber’s incredible shots, and if you are a bit of an amateur twitcher yourself, you can add your own bird photos in the comments!

Sometimes in nature things happen that seem too good to be true

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

Photographer Daniel Biber from Hilzingen, Germany was trying to capture the murmuration of starlings for 4 days when he finally succeeded

Image credits: Daniel Biber/ SWNS

“I’ve tried to photograph the starlings but it never worked out as well as I hoped for”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“I eventually drove to the spot every day for four days in a row in order to capture them”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“I was so concentrated on taking pictures at the time that I hadn’t realised that the starlings had created a giant bird in the sky”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“It took less than 10 seconds for the birds to create that formation”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“I realised that I had captured a unique snapshot, technically, sharp and in high quality”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“It usually happens that birds of prey turn up and the starlings then create bizarre forms. It can be quite erratic and completely random”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“A number of people were watching this display but they were observing it from other spots and might not have seen what I captured”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

The incredible images ended up winning an international photography prize!

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

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