When these two young British women, Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith, went on a kayak trip, one of them decided to take out her camera to immortalize the moment. We understand that they were voiceless: we too. What a wonderful sight!
Difficult not to be subjugated by the ballet of starlings . Reunited in a “cloud” of hundreds of thousands of individuals, they pass and repass in our French countryside in search of a place to spend the night. The phenomenon has a name: murmuring
This phenomenon, called “whispering” in English, is usually observed in early winter, just before dusk, when birds are looking for a roosting place during the night. What looks so spectacular to us is actually a matter of survival for starlings.
It’s a sort of epic battle to determine which birds in the swarm will survive and which will be the target of the predators. Those who seem isolated or do not follow the group are obviously much more vulnerable.