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Starlings Flock (huge) in motion (Must see) Beautiful dance in the sky

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Published on Dec 8, 2009

This is an amazing rare video clip of a very large flick of Starlings dancing in the sky. Very artistic and fluid motion. located in Sacramento California.

I refer to the birds as blackbirds (generically) but they are actually European Starlings.


Recorded with a Nikon D90 and AF-S DX 18-200mm VR II lens.

Also referenced with some still pictures at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tofsrud/...

If you look closely in a few of these photos or videos, you'll see bird of pray. (possibly a Hawk or Eagle) This is the reason these starlings are freaking out. It's a defense mode they enter, similar to fish, when being attacked by a predator.

There are also other reasons they flock like this at dusk, but in this situation, it's believed that the raptor is generating the behavior.


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Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic

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