November 7th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: That Thing Starlings Do

This video capturing the phenomenon known as murmuration — the astonishing cloud-like formations made by starlings– has been posted widely, but we can’t resist. Filmmaker and artist Sophie Windsor Clive was canoeing on the River Shannon in Ireland with a friend when they encountered the starling flock by chance.  The sight captured here on video reminds me of still images of starlings, like photographer Richard Barnes’ “Murmur” series, which he captured in Rome, and images posted recently on the Time Light Box blog.
Murmuration is a sign of approaching winter.  In commemoration of turning our clocks back, we thought we’d share this beautiful omen of the change in seasons.