posted on Feb, 21 2009 @ 08:05 AM
This is the first year in my area that the Starling's wont here. They fly in huge flocks like that, then merge with other flocks.
I don't think "National Geographic" is correct in their analysis of there "in flight awareness".
To me, it looks as they though fly in a constant ratio with the birds around them. The ratio between birds changes just the same as the ratio between
notes in a song change. If anyone has ever "jammed" with musical instruments, you know that all you need is the groove and you don't have to focus
on the individual notes. National Geographic is focusing on the situation in the same way an untalented individual would approach a jam session.
Instead of focusing on the song/groove, they are focusing on the individual moment/note.
In other words the bird isn't up there going "Where is the other bird, did he move right, okay I have to move right... Whooa he moved down and left,
now I have to move down and left.."
Its a song filled with pleasant ratio's. Just the same as song in the key of G will sound discordant with any sharps other than F, the birds fly
under the same rule of "pleasant ratios".
Good pic OP. I'm wondering where all the starling's went in my area, probably has something to do with it being so cold this winter..