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Starling murmuration photography highlights one of nature's great mysteries

Published: 13th April, 2022 at 08:53
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Amazing images of one of the great natural sights by acclaimed Danish photographer Søren Solkær.

Black Sun is a project by acclaimed Danish photographer Søren Solkær, and captures one of nature's most spectacular wonders.

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Solkær is mostly known for his years of photographing the biggest icons within the music, film and art industries. However, over the last few years he has also been working on something very close to his heart.

Growing up in marshlands of South Denmark, Solkær was always inspired by the landscape and the wildlife he saw there. Since 2017, Solkær has been working on a new project; documenting the vast murmurations of starlings across Europe.

Starlings tend to migrate to warmer places during the winter, which can cause a growth in the local population. When these numbers swell, the likelihood of a murmuration is increased. There is no definitive answer as to why these murmurations occur, but the results can be spectacular, often featuring well over one million birds.

"The starlings move as one unified organism that vigorously opposes any outside threat," Solkær says. "A strong visual expression is created - like that of an ink drawing."

We have brought together some amazing images from the Black Sun exhibition, which can be seen in a number of galleries and museums worldwide. You can also buy the book here.

Black Sun #1. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #3. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #6. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #34. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #8. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #17. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #32. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #33. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #38. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #55. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #74. Photo by Søren Solkær

More great images from BBC Science Focus:

Black Sun #58. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #72. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #73. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #22. Photo by Søren Solkær
Black Sun #75. Photo by Søren Solkær

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Authors

James CutmorePicture Editor, BBC Science Focus

James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs

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