Amazing bird "air show" in Scotland
The Scottish town of Gretna Green from late fall to early spring, you can watch amazing birds "air show".
During the annual migration to winter in Scotland arrive European starlings (sturnus vulgaris), driven by the frost from their homes in Russia and Scandinavia. Soaring, flock of birds, like huge black clouds form fantastic shapes in the sky.
The annual migration starlings recalls that winter is on the way: every year birds come here from colder places and remain until spring. Their wintering area in the southern part of the British Isles, but the birds are especially numerous in the small Scottish town of Gretna Green, where they were taken these photos.
During wintering starlings every day satisfied "Air Dance": about an hour before sunset at all of the surrounding area flock to the hordes of birds.
During the winter every day at sunset a lot of starlings "start to dance" in the sky, executing collective pirouettes.
More than a million birds, flying up and down the huge flocks, uninformed people can be easily mistaken for fast looming storm cloud.
to migrate millions of Russia and Scandinavia to escape the winter cold, the birds gather in flocks of incredible shapes. Scientists are not sure exactly how and why starlings make similar celestial dance. Even complex algorithmic models can not explain the acrobatic starlings, which change their direction for the hundredth millisecond to avoid the collision, but at the same time and depredation.
In spite of such a manifestation of power, the number of starlings in the UK has fallen markedly in recent years, possibly due to the reduction of nesting sites. However, the birds still inhabit rural pasture Britain, going to bed after "an evening of ballet."
Collective bird pirouettes so impressive that in Gretna Green tourists come to watch the evening "air show".
Many people come here to witness the flying huge group of several thousand individuals, and they are repeated synchronously turns, parry and land on the ground, spilling over a large area.
synchronously moving in the air, the birds create surprising and sometimes amusing shapes.