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Starling murmuration is caught on camera in Cornwall

Starling murmuration is caught on camera in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 8:45am 3rd December 2019. (Updated at 8:56am 3rd December 2019)

This is the moment a breathtaking murmuration was caught on camera in north Cornwall.

Ian Boreham and friend Terry were filming on Bodmin Moor when they spotted the starlings.

The huge flock took off from a field, sending the cattle scattering to the sides!

Murmuration on Bodmin Moor
This is the moment a breathtaking murmuration of starlings were caught on camera on Bodmin Moor. Footage: Ian Boreham


Posting the incredible footage on social media, Ian said this was only a small part of what they saw!

"Had an awesome time watching the starlings this evening on Bodmin moor.

"It was just amazing how so many landed near us and they were only a small part of what we saw.

"Spot the Peregrine by the murmurations!"

Ian Boreham

You can watch the incredible video below or scroll down to read more about murmurations and why they form.


What is a murmuration?

"It is basically a mass aerial stunt - thousands of birds all swooping and diving in unison.

"It's completely breathtaking to witness.

"We think that starlings do it for many reasons. 

"Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as peregrine falcons find it hard to target one bird in the middle of a hypnotising flock of thousands.

"They also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas. 

"They gather over their roosting site, and perform their wheeling stunts before they roost for the night".


You can read more about murmurations here.

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