July 17, 2017

How I'd Love to Witness a Starling Murmuration!



Have you heard of a phenomenon in nature called a "starling murmuration?"
It's the uniting of thousands of birds, flying together in swirls across the sky.
They practically become a single living, breathing organism,
swarming and swaying in a precisely choreographed dance.
Other-worldly! A surreal cloud of unbelievable beauty!

How does this happen? 
It has to do with a bird's ability to balance cohesion with uncertainty. 
Each one actually focuses in on 7 of its neighboring flyers to find this balance.
If you have a bent for ornithology or physics, you're welcome to explore this further.
As for me, I attribute it to the glory of God our Creator!

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands."
Psalm 19:1

Enjoy this National Geographic video from YouTube~



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