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Vid Trippin’: Murmuration Above the River Shannon

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Murmur-what, you say. It’s the fancy term for a flock of starlings that spectacularly morph the shape of their formation. A couple of gals captured the mesmerizing phenomena on video camera while canoeing across the River Shannon in Ireland.

On a winter’s evening is the likeliest time to catch these undulating swarms, as that’s when the avians are most apt to congregate. Where to find them? Ireland, obviously. Areas all over the UK too. And both Rome and New York attract quite the flocks. Essentially, anywhere lots of starlings come to roost.

Not unlike schools of fishes, it’s a survival tactic, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s downright magical.

Source: The Huffington Post

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