The Murmurations of Starlings

When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds, blocking out the sun. I thought today would be a good day to just take a few moments and appreciate the simple beauty of murmurations, captured by various photographers over the past few years.
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1. A murmuration of migrating starlings flies over the southern Israeli village of Tidhar, on February 12, 2014.




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2. Starlings fly over a field outside Bucharest, Romania, on November 20, 2011.




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3. Starlings flock over a field near the Israeli town of Netivot, on January 25, 2013.




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4. Starlings sit on power lines on October 6, 2011 in Lebus, Germany.




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5. Murmurating starlings, before landing during sunset near Tidhar, in the northern Israeli Negev desert, on February 12, 2014.




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6. Starlings migrating from northern Europe fly over Rome, on November 8, 2012. About one-million starlings migrate through Rome during autumn and winter, spending the nights in the trees by the Tiber river, creating chaos in the neighborhood with their droppings.




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7. A flock of migrating starlings over a field near Netivot, Israel, on January 25, 2013.




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8. Starlings in a tree in Rome, Italy, on December 3, 2013.




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9. A flock of Starlings fly over a field outside Bucharest, Romania, on November 20, 2011.




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10. A hawk soars over starlings flying over Rahovec, Kosovo, on October 15, 2009.




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11. A large flock of starlings fly over an Algiers park at sunset, on February 15, 2006.




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12. A murmuration of starlings fly over an agricultural field near Netivot, Israel, on February 12, 2014.




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13. Migrating starlings, over the southern Israeli village of Tidhar, on February 12, 2014.




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14. A large flock of starlings fly near Bacau, Romania, on December 10, 2013.




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15. Starlings sit on a tree, the moon in the background, on February 11, 2014, near Friedrichsdorf, Germany.




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16. A city worker in Rome uses recorded starling distress calls to repel the birds coming to spend the night by the Tiber river. A car sits covered with starling droppings, on November 8, 2012.




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17. A large flock of starlings fly near Bacau, Romania, on December 10, 2013. Large numbers of starlings populate the vast cereal growing agricultural lands in eastern Romania, feeding on the seeds already laid in the ground.




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18. A flock of migrating starlings near Tidhar, Israel, on February 11, 2014.




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19. A murmuration of migrating starlings near Tidhar, Israel, on February 12, 2014.




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20. A flock of starlings fly over a field near Netivot, Israel, on January 24, 2013.




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21. A murmuration of starlings above Gretna, Scotland, on November 4, 2011.




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22. Starlings in search of food and warmth flock to a herd of cattle in a feedlot in Mead, Nebraska, on January 18, 2007.