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Starlings cut amazing patterns in the sky

2016年 10月 14日 Friday - 00:50

In a phenomenon called ''Black Sun,'' starlings in Denmark fill the sky at dusk on their way to their winter grounds. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Every year in autumn, hundreds of thousands of migrating starlings gather in the marshes of the Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark looking for rest and for food on their way south for the winter. When the birds attempt landing, they perform aerial ballets and formations to avoid or counter attack birds of prey trying to enter the flock. These moving formations block the view to the sky and the phenomenon is called "Black Sun." "Black Sun is the biggest Danish nature event. It is when the starlings are going down in the vegetation to sleep and they'll be attacked by the hawk and they make marvelous formations," explained nature expert Iver Gram. "It is the birds of prey that create the black sun, because the marvelous formations and the chains and forms is the result of an attack of a hawk. So when the birds of prey are coming in, we see the biggest black sun," he added. Every evening, up to a million birds can be seen landing in a chosen spot at sunset. The Wadden Sea National Park, which is a World Heritage Site, is situated on the west coast of Denmark, stretching to the German border. Around 100,000 visitors from near and afar visit the national park every year to experience the birds' performance. The concentration of birds is the largest from the end of September to mid-October. After eating and resting, the birds all rise at once and head south before returning in the spring.

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Starlings cut amazing patterns in the sky

2016年 10月 14日 Friday - 00:50