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    The dazzling formation of the starlings in murmuration was an amazing and humbling experience as they formed a tornado shape of birds in a matter of a second because the next second was a completely different formation as they move at such an incredible speed. The well-coordinated movements, motions, and directions of where to go without colliding with each other are so complex and unique in nature. This moment was captured at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on a cloudy day at dusk.
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    There is a lyrical quality to this image. It's simple while being graphic and dynamic at the same time. The serendipity of the single larger bird flying through the swarm elevates this image in my mind. And, the information in the caption is what takes this frame to the next level. I love learning that this shape is made up of thousands of starlings but also to understand more about the how and why behind this behavior.

    Jenn Poggi
    Assistant Professor, RIT, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
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    Date Taken: Jan 7, 2018
    Date Uploaded: Jan 7, 2018
    Focal Length: 140 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec
    Aperture: f/5.6
    ISO: 1000
    Copyright: © Bachir Badaoui
    Categories: Nature
    Assignments: Inspiring Experiences, We Are All Explorers
    Contests: 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest