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Thursday, 10 December 2015

A couple of things to post

December, and it will soon be the end of the year.
I'm rather looking forward to next year, for some reason.

Anyway, near the end of November, I had a visitor to the garden.

The bird seed I put out attracts a lot of Goldfinches at times, and also a lot of Feral Pigeons feeding on the spilt seed on the ground; around 15 most days.

Their number was dramatically reduced by 1 this particular day.

A female Sparrowhawk.

She stayed to enjoy her lunch for some time, but she certainly made a mess.

A graphic video.

A bit more recent now.

We've had a bit of a Starling murmuration for a while at a local lake, Willen, so I decided to make the effort and go and watch the show.

The sun gradually dropped behind the Peace Pagoda,

and as the light slowly faded, the sky was set for the display. Not the biggest I've seen here, but certainly worth the effort of going.

Just after 3:45 p.m. it started with a trickle.

Small groups of birds arriving from all directions, and coming together.

The numbers gradually built up, and by 4:00 p.m it was all over.

They dropped down into the reeds, and then fell silent.

By now the sky had turned blood red, the light fading fast, I headed home.


  1. Enjoyed the starling video. They seem to fly as one gigantic organism and what amazes me is how defined the edges of the murmuration are. How do they do that? I was watching something very similar here in Belize yesterday evening as a tens of thousands of swallows flew in to roost. Is called a "murmuration" of swallows too? Anyway, the undulating tube of swallows stretched overhead for miles to south, where they roost, coming from the north where they hang out during the day. A wonderful thing to watch.

  2. Thanks Wilma. I think the term 'murmuration' only applies to Starlings, but I think it should apply to all huge flocks that fly this way.
    There are quite a few waders/shorebirds that do this, especially Knot.
    The sight of all those swallows must have been a breathtaking sight.

  3. It is amazing how they can do that...great video.

  4. Thanks Sondra. Nature really is amazing isn't it.

  5. Glad you're keeping the local Sprawk well fed Keith.
    It's always an amazing sight to see those Starlings doing their 'thing'.
    Lovely colours of the sun setting behind the pagoda.
    You got something good planned for next year then?...[;o)

  6. Cheers Trev, there's always plenty of pigeon for the young girl.
    The Starlings were great to see ...... not the biggest gathering, more of a 'murmer', but worth seeing nonetheless.
    Next year? Yea, could be a good one.

  7. I enjoyed both film clips and the sunset photos were great too.


  8. Thanks Peter, glad you enjoyed them.

  9. Isn't it great to see so many starlings, I really love the way they trickle in and then form into a larger flock especially when the murmaration is well underway and you then get some late comers joining in too. The female sparrowhawk is a cracker too.

  10. Thanks Doug. Yea, these Starlings are spellbinding the way they dance through the sky.