Summerlands 6: Starlings

Murmuration Ham Wall, 04 December 6pm

In the winter months, the Levels is the location of what must be one of the most spectacular natural displays in the British Isles, the murmuration of starlings. These murmurations consist of millions  birds engaged in incredible displays of synchronized flying, coming into roost with a speed and an agility which is breathtaking. From a distance the clouds of birds form dramatic and evolving patterns against the evening sky. Up close the sound of the bird wings and chatter is almost overwhelming.

The recordings in this piece were taken standing about two metres away from where millions of these birds were arriving to roost.


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