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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Photographer catches starling flock in flight

The starlings in flight
The starlings in flight
A dazzling display over Tuberelva, near Tulsk Co.Roscommon Photo Johnny Bambury
The starlings recently filled the evening sky with thousands of beating wings as a murmuration of starlings filled the sky. Photo Johnny Bambury
The dazzling display over Tuberelva, near Tulsk Co.Roscommon. Photo Johnny Bambury
Photo Johnny Bambury
Johnny Bambury was lucky enough to capture his dream encounter with the starlings in these seven shots
...A bird watcher's dream. Photo: Johnny Bambury
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

WITH mesmerising swoops and a deafening beat of wings, this murmuration of starlings was something one photographer had always hoped to witness.

Johnny Bambury, from Termonfeckin, Co Louth, was on his way to see his daughter in Galway and took a 'straight line' route via the back roads just for a change of scenery.

In Toberelva, near Tulsk, Co Roscommon, he noticed the dip and dive of starlings on the horizon. "I drove like a mad thing to catch up with them and then just jumped out of the car," he said.

"They flew very, very close over my head three or four times – the wing beat was incredible; it's like bees buzzing in your head. There were literally thousands of them," he said, adding that they did not whistle or call.

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