Now that there are 7 billi0n of us on this planet, it seems appropriate to look at and appreciate other great big collections of creatures. This week I came across a wonderful little video (here) of Starlings by Liberty Smith and Sophie Windsor Clive:
now, wasn’t that cute. and incredibly impressive.
In September, I spent a week in eastern Austria (Burgenland) birding and taking birding product photos and I got to see huge flocks of starlings enjoying the grapes (as we enjoyed the products thereof that evening). It looked something like this:
But the world’s most abundant wild bird is the little Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea) which can form spectacular flocks but, it seems no-one has thought to film any of these flocks and put them in HD on Youtube, so we will have to make do with this video:
But how about these Socotra Cormorants (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) in Bahrain:
and these Vaux’s Swifts coming in to roost in an Oregon school:
and don’t forget this collection of various beautiful parrots:
but at the end of the day, nothing sums it up better than a little ditty from The Eels: