Dad captures moment murmuring starlings form perfect shot of dinosaur!
A dad-of-three caught the moment murmating starlings scrambled into formation to make the perfect shape of a DINOSAUR, which is being dubbed a ‘starlingasaurus’.
The snap, captured by Gerald Robinson, clearly shows the birds making the legs, body, neck and head of a prehistoric creature that wouldn’t look amiss in Jurassic Park.
The 55-year-old photographer captured around 14,000 birds making the shape of what his friends immediately called a ‘starlingasaurus’ on an outing to Middleton Moor Lagoons up in the Peak District.
Gerald, from Rotherham, South Yorks, said: “It’s quite common for the starlings to make some really strange shapes when they are murmating.
“However when I caught this I couldn’t believe it as it really does look like a prehistoric monster. It was an odd shape to see moving about in the sky, it was huge. The way they moved made it look alive.
“One of the lads said ‘that’s a starlingasaurus!’. It looks like it’s feeding in the grass.
“It happened so quickly that you just fire away at photos and hope, you don’t know what you’re going to capture at the end of the day.
“When they’re going into the ground, that looks like legs. What they’re actually doing is starting to go down to roost in the reed beds.
“They are incredible to watch. People estimate that birds can come from up to 30 miles away.”
Gerald’s trusty Fugi XT1 can capture up to ten frames per second, an essential for quick moving objects like birds.
He estimates there were 14,000 murmating starlings on Saturday November 13, the day the photo was taken.
Gerald said: “My daughter Lucy thought it looked like a dinosaur too. She said it looks like it’s feeding, it’s munching along.
“She’s only 12 but she’s had a photo shortlisted in the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition in the under 12 category. She’s got an eye for a photo.
“That’s what you go for isn’t it? Unusual photos. You don’t just go to photograph them flying around in the air. You’re after that one shot. We’re all after that unique shot aren’t we? I was pretty happy with this one though.”
Gerald has been snapping shots of nature for 30 years and has previously managed to capture geese flying in the shape of Scooby-Doo, and birds making the shape of a question mark.
Gerald said: “It’s a passion of mine really. Buildings and people are one thing but nature is different.
“You can go to the same place with wildlife and photograph a different thing every time.”