Artists often go around trying to find striking sights or subjects that they can paint, draw, or take pictures of and they do have a keen eye for that.
But you don’t need to be an artist for beauty to find you.
In fact, you could be a surfer and still bear witness to the beautiful sight of thousands of starlings forming themselves into the shape of a heart in the evening sky, as seen here:
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The incredible moment was captured on video by the husband-and-wife owners of Discovery surf school in Bigbury-on-sea in Devon. Martin, 44, and Annika Connolly, 40, were on the road when they had to stop when they saw the amazing sight on Monday evening.
With the dying light from the sun framing the rapidly darkening sky, the birds forming themselves into a heart was just one of the most romantic random sights that one can find in nature.
Annika said: “The starlings have been murmurating for the last couple of weeks.
“The group is getting bigger, particularly on weekends. We’ve seen probably about three really fantastic sunsets, and coupling these with the amazing murmurations has been something to remember.”
Annika added that it was hard to estimate just how many birds were actually flying but she thinks it must have been in the thousands.
She also said that the constantly shifting shape of the murmuration was caused by larger birds, she thinks they were sparrow hawks, hunting the starlings in the group.
Annika continued: “In one of the videos the group makes the shape of a heart. As we were watching the video we could see the shapes they were making, at one stage it looks like a speech bubble.
“It was wonderful to see, it was mesmerizing. We just sat there and wanted to keep watching because it’s just such a spectacle to watch.”
It truly is a sight that one can watch over and over and we’re lucky that not only were Annika and her husband at the right place at the right time but that they also had the presence of mind to record it for posterity.
The term murmuration refers to the phenomenon of hundreds or thousands of starlings flying together and forming coordinated patterns in the sky.