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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A Tree of Birds

A murmuration of Starling Birds forming a tree of life. Each dot in this image is a starling bird working together as they swirl, twist, and turn with such an incredible speed. It was really hard to keep up with them with so many tiny energies flying overhead. This was truly one of nature's greatest spectacle.One question that still puzzles me how do they do it without colliding with each other? It evoked the curiosity in me to learn and research more about these incredible birds.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2018
Date Uploaded: 04.2018
Photo Location: Yolo, California, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D7100
Copyright: © Bachir Badaoui