One of the greatest wildlife spectacles in Britain! Not a statement put lightly, the annual winter starling murmuration is not something you'll want to miss and where better to see it than at the UK's largest starling roost at Ham Wall on the Somerset Levels.
I have been to Ham Wall many times in different seasons and enjoyed sightings of Little and Great White Egrets, Grey Herons, Bittern, Marsh Harriers, Hobbies, Swifts and much more. But starlings have always evaded me (certainly in their famous large numbers anyway!). I therefore was somewhat apprehensive this visit. I had seen many shots coming from the RSPB reserve showing huge numbers so I was hopeful - I couldn't have been more surprised.
The silence and stillness draws you into a false sense of security and I found myself filming small cutaways and enjoying the beautiful clear sunset. Then before you know it, a small flock of starling flitter overhead. Then another. Next thing you know, the sky is blotted out with tiny black birds forming extraordinary shapes. The sheer mass of the scene is staggering but it's the sound that I think got me the most. Hearing the beating of millions of wings over your head and the mass twittering of those birds that had landed and covered every inch of the reeds is breathtaking.
Leave all your worries and woes behind, sit on the grass at sunset and take in one of the worlds greatest natural miracles.