A Murmuration


An underground problem with installation of the new phone line required further attention today. This necessitated a visit from another engineer who completed the task.

Jackie then drove us around the forest in a very wet late afternoon.

Much rain has fallen during our weekend away. Familiar pools have returned to the forest floor.

The moorland in the rain took on a dramatic aspect as the clouds unloaded their precipitation.

Between Brockenhurst and Beaulieu, the River Lymington has burst its banks.

Sunset is early at this time of the year;

Sunset over Hatchet Pond

it is a reflection of the different light today that this is the same clump of trees beside Hatchet Pond that I photographed at virtually the same time from a slightly different angle yesterday.

A murmuration of starlings

As we waited at the level crossing on the approach to Lymington, an elliptical disc that was a murmuration of starlings slid around the skies.

This evening we dined on roast lamb with roast potatoes and crunchy carrots and cauliflower. I drank Clervigny Arbois, 2014

79 responses to “A Murmuration”

  1. Such a difference in the two photos of Hatchet Pond Derrick – it just shows what 24 hours can do doesn’t it!! Love the murmuration of starlings – it’s such a wonderful appellation, and photo too.

  2. I discovered recently that starlings are not native to the USA but were introduced from Europe by the Victorian Shakespeare enthusiasts. They’ve thrived!

  3. Such beautiful photos, Derrick! Hatchett Pond with another light is still a wonderful shot. The murmuration (I love that word!) photo looks so delicate–watercolor like.

  4. Derrick – I know what murmuration means because I looked up the phenomenon years ago. It happens at certain times of the year around here (South Jersey, USA). I am just now understanding that is unique to starlings – I had never realized that. It is stunning to see – like a school of fish darting together in unison. I love this video – it really shows what it feels like to witness such a thing. https://youtu.be/iRNqhi2ka9k

  5. Forest in the rain evokes many memories of scout hikes and cross country runs. The open area at Long Slade Bottom filled regularly from memory. I wonder if it does now. On the far side of the old railway embankment.

  6. Wow, Derrick. The puddles with reflections are gorgeous! I enjoyed the single tree, it reminded me of how trees show character in their silhouettes.
    The migration of the starlings in a pattern becoming a “murmuration” was an amazing photo, as well as introducing me to a new word! πŸ™‚ Thank you, Derrick.

  7. It’s amazing how beautiful a rainy day can be, especially when the photographer searches out the beauty. My favorite is the waterlogged leaves.

  8. Great photos again – very atmospheric – I now feel cold and damp. Great picture of the starlings, I don’t remember the last time I saw a big flock, like everything else they seem to be fading away…

  9. Starlings are amazing, aren’t they? There’s an area near us where they roost in the winter. We haven’t been for a couple of years but should really stop by soon to watch them come in to roost.

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