Starling in the reeds

Starling in the reeds
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    starling and reeds
  • starling and reeds
  • starling and reeds

Starling in the reeds

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An original painting – watercolour on paper – size 400mm x 400mm.  Price includes P&P to UK addresses.

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About Starling in the reeds

I’m a big fan of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). After a day out foraging they gather in huge flocks at sunset to roost in the reeds, safe from predators, such as marsh harriers and falcons.

When they are spooked by predators, they fly in shape-shifting clouds – perhaps 20,000 to 50,ooo birds – this is called a dancing murmuration. Here’s a film my brother made in February 2015 of a murmuration in West Oxfordshire. This is, I think, one of nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles, as thrilling as East Africa’s wildebeest migrations and Alaskan bears catching salmon! What you can’t appreciate in this film is the sound – the gentle rustling murmur that their wings make as they pass overhead. Hence the name: murmuration.