Monday, 18 February 2013

Scotland, a place of amazing Birds Air Show

You can watch the amazing bird "air show" in the Scottish town of Gretna Green from late autumn to early spring.

During the annual migration to wintering in Scotland, European starlings fly, driven by the frost from their homes in Russia and Scandinavia. Soaring, flocks of these birds, like great black clouds in the sky, forming bizarre shapes.

Each year the birds arrive here from colder places, and remain until spring. Their wintering habitat is located in the southern part of the British Isles, but birds are especially more in the small Scottish town of Gretna Green.

During the winter, starlings every day suit "air dances": approximately an hour before sunset with a flock of all neighborhoods of the hordes of birds. During the winter every day at sunset a lot of starlings, "they go to dance" in the sky, executing collective pirouettes.

More than a million birds, flying along and across the great flocks, people sometimes get mistaken for fast looming thundercloud.

Millions migrated from Russia and Scandinavia, to avoid the winter frost, the birds gather in flocks of great shapes.

Scientists are not sure exactly how and why starlings make these celestial dance. Even complex algorithmic models can not explain acrobatic sketches of starlings, which change their direction for the one hundredth milliseconds to avoid a collision.

Despite this display of power, the number of starlings in the UK in recent years has fallen considerably, possibly due to reduction of nesting sites. But the birds still live in rural areas of Great Britain and sleep after "an evening of ballet."

Collective bird pirouette is so impressive in Gretna Green, that it attracts tourists to watch the evening "air show". Many come here to witness the flying huge group of several thousand individuals, while they simultaneously repeat twists, parry and land on the ground, scattering over a large area.

Synchronously moving in the air, the birds make the amazing and sometimes amusing shapes.

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