In some cases in nature things happen that appear also good to be true, best coincidences that vividly illustrate the beauty and wonder of the world around us.
One such episode occurred over the Costa Brava, in Northeastern Spain, when a group of birds began to gather into a shape-shifting cloud, referred to as a murmuration. This phenomenon is a real spectacle, with hundreds, sometimes thousands or more birds moving and twisting in what seems a coordinated, solitary organism that can rapidly morph into some startling forms.
Wildlife digital photography expert Daniel Biber from Hilzingen, Germany was there when the starlings started to swirl and twist, probably the result of a predator such as a falcon or a hawk being in the vicinity. It was nearly supernatural that in reaction to the predator, the cloud of starlings wound up twisting and turning themselves into a titan, single bird, as if to say to their tormentor, “we are bigger than you.”
The photos have actually made Mr. Biber a prize in an international digital photography competition, however he really did not realize that he had captured such special shots till later. “Only when I checked the pictures on the computer system later, I realized what formation the starlings had produced,” he informed the Daily Mail. “I was so focused on taking pictures as I hadn’t realized that the starling murmuration had actually created a huge bird in the sky.”
It was a case of patience pays off for Mr. Biber, who had tried and failed to catch the starlings in full circulation before. “‘ I have actually attempted to photograph the starlings however it never ever worked out as well as I expected,” he said. “‘ I ultimately drove to the spot every day for four days in a row in order to capture them. I picked a spot where I thought they would show up and chose a matching foreground and backdrop in order to place them in a scene.”
Scroll down below to have a look at Mr. Biber’s amazing bird watching photography shots, and if you are a bit of an amateur twitcher yourself, you can include your very own bird photos in the remarks!