Haifa, Israel-based aerial photographer Lior Patel shot this mesmerizing timelapse video showing a bird’s-eye view of sheep being herded in his country. From this perspective, the flock looks almost fluid-like, flowing through the green pastures, through gates, and around objects.
The images in the timelapse were shot using a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone that was mostly kept in a fixed position in the sky. Each shot in the video represents about 4 to 7 minutes of real-time as the sheep are directed by shepherds and sheepdogs to where they need to go — the border collies can be seen in the timelapse running around the flock and making sure the sheep stay together.
“The first challenge is to understand the elasticity of the herd during the movement, its dispersal during grazing, and how it converges into one tight pack towards exit/return from pasture and crossing roads and paths,” Patel tells Colossal.
The movement patterns of the sheep are reminiscent of starling murmurations in which giant flocks of small birds form undulating patterns in the sky due to their tight formations and synchronized movements.
Patel specializes in shooting aerial photos and videos for a range of industries, including television commercials, editorial, journalism, agriculture, and insurance claim documentation. He has won both domestic and international awards for his work.