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Mesmerizing Footage of Thousands Upon Thousands of Birds Dancing in the Sky

If you’re maintaining any of kind bucket list of things you’d like to experience before you die, you might want to think about putting “a massive murmuration of starlings” on that list. That’s what Paris-based director and photographer Neels Castillon was treated to recently, and his video documenting the encounter has been making waves on the web.

Castillon writes that he stumbled upon the scene while he was out shooting a commercial project at an airport in Marseille, France:

We were shooting for a commercial with my D.O.P, waiting for an helicopter flying into the sunset, when thousands and thousands of birds came and made this incredible dance in the sky. It was amazing, we just forgot our job and started this little piece of poetry.

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The birds are starlings, and the correct collective noun for them is “murmuration.” We’ve featured a similar video and some photos of the phenomenon here in the past.


Image credits: Video and screenshots by Neels Castillon and used with permission