Sometimes nature can be pretty amazing.
Over the Costa Brava in the northeast of Spain, a mass of starlings began to gather into a shape-shifting cloud, that is commonly known as a murmuration. This phenomenon looks really incredible, with thousands of birds moving and twisting in what looks like quite coordinated, single organism that is able to morph quickly into some startling shapes.
A photographer from Germany – Daniel Biber, happened to be on the right spot when startling began to swirl and twist.
With these photos, Daniel Biber has won in an international photography competition, but the interesting part is that he realized he took amazing photos a bit later on.
In a report for the Daily Mail, he said: “Only when I checked the pictures on the computer later, I realized what formation the starlings had created. I was so concentrated on taking pictures at the time that I hadn’t realized that the starlings had created a giant bird in the sky.”
“’I’ve tried to photograph the starlings but it never worked out as well as I hoped for. I eventually drove to the spot every day for four days in a row in order to capture them. I picked a spot where I thought they would turn up and picked a matching foreground and backdrop in order to put them in a scene.”
You can see the whole gallery above:
“It took less than 10 seconds for the birds to create that formation”
“I realized that I had captured a unique snapshot, technically, sharp and in high quality”
“It usually happens that birds of prey turn up and the starlings then create bizarre forms. It can be quite erratic and completely random”
“A number of people were watching this display but they were observing it from other spots and might not have seen what I captured”
These images are amazing enough to win in an international photography competition.