Starlings flocking just outside Youghal. I’d noticed them from the road and thought, ”if there’s a left turn up here I can get alongside that field”. Hey presto, there was a small road and I pulled off to watch them. It was quite a large flock (probably the largest I’ve seen up close) but I know some places have larger ones. Starlings are thought of as common bird but it’s still rare enough to see them in these numbers. The effects of agriculture have had some severe effects on their populations, reducing them 80% over 50 years in some places.
When photographing them I was trying to figure out how I’d convey the size, movement, chaos, and noise. Ultimately, I went for a fairly straight shot but decided to shoot a short video to show how easily these birds hide in the short crop. There are some things a still photo just can’t capture.