Star-tling sight

Star-tling sight

A Hereord man was stunned when he took this amazing picture of thousands of murmurating starlings – which appeared in the shape of a giant flying ELEPHANT.

Retired primary school teacher Edward Johnson, 62, snapped the swooping birds as they appeared over his home in Hereford on Wednesday evening (15/1).

Grandfather-of-two Edward said: “I had just been to the cinema with my wife and we spotted these incredible murmurating starlings literally taking over the sky.

“They were making some incredible shapes and at one stage they appeared to look like Dumbo the Elephant.

“Luckily I had my camera at home so I rushed back to get it and took some pictures of them.”

The murmuration is believed to be made up not just of birds native to these shores but also many from Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

As is typical the birds move south to warmer weather during the winter and migrate back home as summer begins, coinciding with breeding season.

Valerie Osborne, of the RSPB, said: “They usually start around autumn time as the birds move south with the warm weather and are usually found in the countryside.”