Thousands of starlings put on spectacular display

The moment thousands of starlings gathered together to perform a spectacular murmuration has been caught on camera.

The dazzling performance took place near Gretna, Scotland, with the small birds putting on the display as the sun went down.

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Grouping together to form different shapes, the birds could be seen flying over their roosting site before suddenly swooping to the ground for the night.

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Britain's favourite bird
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This photogenic comedic looking seabird really deserves its northern Scottish alternative name of sea parrot. They are only in Britain during the summer before slipping off to spend the winter months in the middle of the sea.
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Perhaps Britain's most famous bird, it needs little introduction. Good old Robin Redbreast is actually a member of the thrush family, rarely lives longer than a couple of years and already holds the title of Britain's favourite bird.
Perhaps Britain's most famous bird, it needs little introduction. Good old Robin Redbreast is actually a member of the thrush family, rarely lives longer than a couple of years and already holds the title of Britain's favourite bird.
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