Friday, February 08, 2013

A starling show

"Hello boys and girls. Today we are going to learn a big new word. The word is murmuration. Isn't it a long word children? Do you know what it means? While I know what it means, rather than me explain the word to you, let me show you an example of murmuration."

"Sir, you are fibbing. I bet you did not know what the word meant."

"Shut up brat and watch the video."


15 comments:

  1. Hello Andrew:
    Most impressive. We have similar, but smaller, murmurations over Brighton Pier, usually in the late autumn.

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    1. JayLa, we have starlings here, but they are a pest. The state of Western Australia managed to prevent them from colonising in numbers. I see the BBC gives a guide as to where to see them in winter.

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    2. FC, you had not heard of the word or seen a murmuration?

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  2. Now that's what I call precision flying! What an amazing sight. I'm assuming they're hunting for insects?

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    1. I don't know Wombat, but it is believed that they do eat on the wing when are flying like that.

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  3. Terrific, and I didn't know what the word meant, sir. I think the film would have been even better if they had just shut up and filmed it and left off the music.

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    1. Marcellous, there are other recordings or murmurations around, but that was the best I came across. I didn't mind the music, but really, nothing needed to be added to the spectacle.

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  4. A murmuration of starlings? I thought it was a murmuration of swallows, but maybe it is both. Maybe other birds are included. I knew what the word meant, I've read it before somewhere and it buried itself in my subconscious.

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    1. River while researching, I found a web site with a list of all the collective nouns for animals, but I can't remember about swallows and I did not bookmark the site.

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  5. Wow! Gorgeous clip and I've learned me a new word.

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    1. Kath, so not starling performances in Geneva. I watched it a few times now and it is quite fabulous.

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  6. Absabloominfabulous! Gosh how cool would it be to see this for real. Merci beaucoup for sharing Andrew.

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    1. Grace, how come neither you nor have seen this? What is wrong with Attenborough?

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  7. Exactly Andrew, he's slipping haha!

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