The Flight of the Starlings

Throughout history, people have turned to the beauty and wonder of nature in the face of uncertainty and chaos.

Today, we’re finding peace and solace in the hypnotising and harmonious movement seen in the murmurations of the starling, thanks to National Geographic.

‘We know a lot of factual information about the starling—its size and voice, where it lives, how it breeds and migrates – but what remains a mystery is how it flies in murmurations, or flocks, without colliding.

This short film by Jan van IJken was shot in the Netherlands, and it captures the birds gathering at dusk, just about to start their “performance.” Listen well and you’ll be able to hear how this beautiful phenomenon got its name.’

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