Murmuration

Murmuration

This is an amazing video of two girls rowing in River Shannon in Ireland witnessing an amazing phenomenon of a starling murmuration (the name for a flock of starlings). I looked up the science of what allows this synchronization and it seems that the murmuration acts more like physics particles than birds. The idea is simple, when your neighbor moves, you do as well. However, scientist haven’t figured out how the large scale patterns are created and maintained with an uncanny sort of order. To check out the video, click below.

© 2012 Trevor Zhou