Common Starling / Sturnus Vulgaris. Common indeed but still a beautiful bird and all the more impressive when seen flying in their thousands (known as murmuratuons). Photo by Estornino Pinto Santiago M. C
Thousands of starlings surround a lone bird of prey which had swooped down to pick off a straggler. "Starlings have a very particular way of defending themselves from their predators like falcons and harriers. They form a large tightly packed flock and mob their enemy, scaring it off, frequently expanding and contracting and changing shape."
Shape-shifting flocks (murmurations) of European Starlings, returning at dusk after a day of foraging in the countryside to the city, where it's warmer and fewer predators exist __ Photograph: Paolo Patriz
Alain Delorme: Murmurations series - Ephemeral Plastic Sculptures, These are actually plastic bags representing birds, the artist seeks to question the fragility of the ecosystem against pollution. | Art Installations, Sculpture, Contemporary Art