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Knots form huge bird shape during murmuration at Snettisham in Norfolk




This is the amazing moment a 'murmuration' of waders dazzled beachgoers as they formed a giant bird shape on a misty autumn morning.

Thousands of knots created the uncanny portrait of a swooping bird as they played games of charades in the sky.

This is the amazing moment a murmuration of seabirds formed a giant bird shape in the sky on a misty autumn morning in Snettisham, Norfolk. 10th October 2021 See SWCAmurmuration (52225348)
This is the amazing moment a murmuration of seabirds formed a giant bird shape in the sky on a misty autumn morning in Snettisham, Norfolk. 10th October 2021 See SWCAmurmuration (52225348)

Spectators were dazzled as the acrobatic animals flocked from their mudflat nests to avoid the approaching high tide in Snettisham.

Photographer Brad Damms, 37, said: "One shape looked like a bird and another looked like a whale fin.

"The great thing is that everyone sees something different."

This is the amazing moment a murmuration of seabirds formed a giant bird shape in the sky on a misty autumn morning in Snettisham, Norfolk. 10th October 2021 See SWCAmurmuration (52225319)
This is the amazing moment a murmuration of seabirds formed a giant bird shape in the sky on a misty autumn morning in Snettisham, Norfolk. 10th October 2021 See SWCAmurmuration (52225319)

Brad, from Holt, said: "The knots nest and feed on the mudflats of the beach. Eventually, the water comes up and they to take to the air.

"When they take off in one big go it sounds like a steam train going past.

"They put on a little show and then fly in and land."

This is the amazing moment a murmuration of seabirds formed a giant bird shape in the sky on a misty autumn morning in Snettisham, Norfolk. 10th October 2021 See SWCAmurmuration (52225360)
This is the amazing moment a murmuration of seabirds formed a giant bird shape in the sky on a misty autumn morning in Snettisham, Norfolk. 10th October 2021 See SWCAmurmuration (52225360)

The knot is a short-legged, stocky wading bird which forms huge flocks in winter after in the UK from their Arctic breeding grounds.

This is the amazing moment a murmuration of seabirds formed a giant bird shape in the sky on a misty autumn morning in Snettisham, Norfolk. 10th October 2021 See SWCAmurmuration (52225270)
This is the amazing moment a murmuration of seabirds formed a giant bird shape in the sky on a misty autumn morning in Snettisham, Norfolk. 10th October 2021 See SWCAmurmuration (52225270)

Earlier this year, a woman from York captured a murmaration in Snettisham on video.



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