Daniel Biber, a photographer from Hilzingen in Germany, has taken an incredible photo that looks something like only Photoshop could have done (but it isn’t!)
Taken in Costa Brava, Spain, the image shows a flock of starlings flying together and forming what seems to be a silhouette of a bigger bird. While the formation was unintentional, the way they flew in one coordinated group is.
The phenomenon is called murmuring. It’s when a mass of birds swoop and glide together in one fluid motion, at times, collectively looking like different shapes.
According to Biber, it took him a while to capture the starlings in action.
“I’ve tried to photograph the starlings but it never worked out as well as I hoped for,” he said. “I eventually drove to the spot every day for four days in a row in order to capture them. I picked a spot where I thought they would turn up and picked a matching foreground and backdrop in order to put them in scene.”
Initially, he didn’t recognise the pattern. It was when he got home and uploaded the pics on his computer that he noticed the unbelievable silhouette. The photos eventually earned him a prize in an international photography competition.