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Remarkable starling displays caught on camera

By Stephen Jones: ITV News

Astonishing amateur footage has captured a starling murmuration in Suffolk.

The video, filmed by birdwatcher Karen McCoy, shows the spectacle at RSPB Minsmere this weekend.

With Autumn comes an increase in the spectacle - with experts believing that the birds fly close together to keep warm and safe from predators.

The birds gather in seemingly miraculous shapes. Credit: Karen McCoy

It is also believed that the birds exchange information during the aerial displays, such as good areas to feed.

McCoy, 50, a business analyst from Sonning near Reading, told ITV News she believed around 10,000 starlings were taking part in the display - though this can reach 100,000 in some parts of the UK as the weeks go on.

The large numbers didn't stop a peregrine falcon diving into the mass and plucking out one of the small birds at one stage.