Credit: ASHLEY COOPER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Silhouetted people watching a murmuration of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). A murmuration is a huge flock of starlings, which typically forms in the evening as they come to their communal roost. Flocks may contain over a million birds. The behaviour is thought to be a defence against predatory birds such as sparrowhawks. Filmed near Sunbiggin Tarn in Cumbria, UK.

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Crowd watching murmuration of starlings

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Duration: 00:00:11.18

Frame size: 1920x1080

Frame rate: 25

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Capture format: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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