October 16, 2008
Danish "Black Sun".
In spring and especially during the birds migration season in autumn, which is right now peaking in Scandinavia, a phenomenon called "Black Sun" can be experienced in south part of the Danish peninsula where I live. This term describes a flock of up to thousands of birds, particularly starlings, that lift into the skies simultaneously at sunset, before settling down for the night, thus temporarily "blacking" the sun. This assemble of birds might also perform the effervescent, but synchronized flight, when they feel threatened by the birds of prey. It is incredibly enthralling and intriguing, that such a vast quantity of birds can coordinate their flight and perform such beautiful acrobatics in the sky. Nature is astounding.