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Flying elephant caught on camera in starling murmuration over Herefordshire

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

  • The murmuration of starlings as seen over Herefordshire by photographer Edward Johnson

  • Photographer Edward Johnson, who spotted the starlings

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It was a sight that stunned the crows in Disney's Dumbo, and the amazing sight of starlings murmurating in the shape of a flying elephant did the same for the amateur photographer who took the picture.

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

The grandfather said: "They were making some incredible shapes and at one stage they appeared to look like Dumbo. Luckily I had my camera at home so I rushed back to get it and took some pictures."

The murmuration is believed to be made up not just of birds native to these shores but also many that joined them from Scandinavia and other northern parts of Europe.

The sights are common at this time of year, with thousands of watchers heading South West to see them.

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

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