Starling murmurations Brighton pier

Brighton is one of the more commonly known places to go to watch Starling murmurations.

Of course, the murmurations vary each day and it is luck as to whether you catch a large murmuration or not. It can depend on the weather, in particular the wind.

The background also plays a part. Having a gorgeous orange sunset really shows up the black twists and turns of the murmuration.

This was the first time I’ve witnessed a murmuration over the sea and having the waves crashing in the background certainly made it feel different.

It isn’t the same as Otmoor or Ham Wall where the huge numbers of starlings sound like an aeroplane passing overhead, and I’m not sure how the numbers compare but at Brighton there seemed to be 3 or 4 separate murmurations going on simultaneously rather than one massive one.

The first couple of photos were taken from standing on the groyne between the two piers

Starlings on pier







After half of the starlings had roosted, a smaller number continued to murmurate. The next couple of photos were taken from under the pier itself.



This is where the starlings finally roost, up under the pier.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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5 Responses to Starling murmurations Brighton pier

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  3. This is fascinating behavior, Alex, and you’ve captured some great images and video. Wishing you a happy new year and more wildlife adventures in 2020!

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