Breathtaking murmurations of dark, shifting shapes fill the skies of southern Israel and surrounding areas in winter. The starlings fly from Russia and Eastern Europe to spend winter in the Middle East. This photo of a murmuration taken by Reuters photographer Amir Cohen has taken on the shape of a sperm whale.
Here is a collection of photos that reveals not only the vivid imagination of some of the staff working on the Telegraph picture desk but also the amazing aerobatic displays these small birds put on.
A pepper or a stingray. Picture: REUTERS/Amir Cohen
A gull. Picture: EPA
An angry bird. Picture: Kenneth Barker/Solent News
A mushroom or a tornado?. Picture: Tim Graham/robertharding/REX/Shutterstock.