East Grinstead

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A Murmuration at Hedgecourt Lake

Taken by one of our members. Dusk in the Autumn. Hedgecourt Lake is adjacent to the Surrey Wildlife Trust nature reserve which lies immediately to the West of the lake. Both the lake and the reserve are an SSSI, which Natural England have declared to be in "favourable" condition - the highest category of ecological balance. After a tentative start whilst the sun is just showing over the horizon, flocks of starlings home in on the lake from all directions. Soon. there are many housands of starlings wheeling in the sky, looking for all the world like clouds of smoke. After half an hour of wheeling and turning like so many Dervishes they suddenly plummet earthwards - disappearing into the reedbeds surrounding the lake. It all happens in literally five seconds. Amazing!

A Murmuration at Hedgecourt Lake