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Brighton flock: Mesmerising starling murmuration at seaside pier

MESMERISING footage shows a murmuration of starlings against the backdrop of Brighton Pier.

The video is almost hypnotic as thousands of birds move in synchronised flight and create numerous patterns in the process.

Murmurations are not fully understood, but it is thought that when there are such vast numbers of birds all wheeling and turning together, it makes it much harder for predators to single out one particular bird.

Although it can’t be made out in the video, a peregrine falcon was stalking this flock as it took to the skies.

Local woman Rose Jones captured the amazing event at the tourist spot.

The 61-year-old teacher said: ‘Starling murmurations happen here every winter between the end of October to early March.

‘They start gathering around 30 minutes before sunset.

‘This was a particularly wonderful evening as it was calm conditions, the sea was like a mirror and the starlings stayed out playing well after sunset.

‘A mesmerising display — always beautiful, but with the addition of a peregrine falcon, the shapes were even more exciting to watch. Therapy for the soul.’