Sunday, November 20, 2011

Murmuration...


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"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings."
~ James Matthew Barrie ~

     A video taken in Ireland by two young women has become a viral sensation on the Internet.  The flock of what must be millions of starlings that seem to dance a synchronized and choreographed ballet is mesmerizing to watch.  To have seen it live must have just been breath-taking.

     I've seen smaller flocks in Florida, that danced at sunset before settling into trees to roost for the night.  At each pass of the trees, the flock would become smaller and smaller as birds broke out of the dance to rest.

     Scientists say that the reasons the starlings fly this way is a matter of survival.  There is strength in numbers.  Birds of prey, such as hawks and peregrines hunt starlings, and by flying together "as one" they are harder to hunt.

     In this photo, one of a series taken by photographer, Richard Barnes, the flock looks almost like the hand of God reaching from the sky.

     Perhaps it is to His music that their ballet is danced...

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