Sunday, November 6, 2011

murmuration



Just curious. Do you know what a murmuration is?  If not, may I suggest you watch this video first before scrolling down for more info? You're in for a treat! Seriously! This is amazing.






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A “murmuration” of starlings, as this phenomenon is known, must be one of the most magical, yet underrated, wildlife spectacles on display in winter. Impenetrable as the flock’s movements might seem to the human eye, the underlying maths is comparatively straightforward. Each bird strives to fly as close to its neighbours as possible, instantly copying any changes in speed or direction. As a result, tiny deviations by one bird are magnified and distorted by those surrounding it, creating rippling, swirling patterns. In other words, this is a classic case of mathematical chaos (larger shapes composed of infinitely varied smaller patterns). 
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3 comments:

Pat said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. I have seen this down at the ferry dock (Lewes/Cape May) and wondered what type of birds they were and how they did that. So beautiful.

MyStory of HiStory said...

Hi! You have seen this w/ your own eyes?? How cool is that? I would LOVE that! :)

SavedbyGrace said...

I have never heard of this. I sat watching that clip with amazement and tears in my eyes. Such a beautiful beautiful sight. TFS