Evening flight path…

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There is a strange phenomenon that occurs almost every night, seemingly directly over my house and recently it’s been at exactly at 5.50pm. A large, really large number of birds all swoop over my house in a massive cluster, all heading out somewhere. Where are they all going? Somewhere in a north west direction, to a nesting place? To safe night shelter? To safe and secure food? Towards the sea? Or further afield toward the distant sunset?

I also don’t know what kind of birds they are. But they number in the absolute thousands. There are always the leaders, ahead of the main bunch, swooping over and then gone, followed a short time after by the main group of flyers. They seemingly come from nowhere, and just suddenly fill the sky with a stream of fluttering black. An intense whooshing sound of thousands of wings accompanies them, so close you feel you could almost touch them…

Then there is the group of stragglers (the young, old, injured?)some time soon after, and then finally bringing up the rear, the last, the late, the loners. They circle around the rear.

But on this particular recent night, the group was quite a bit smaller than usual. There had been late thundery rain, cold bitter snow tinged winds, and stormy weather threatening. But the dramatic backdrop of dark angry clouds at sun down makes up partially for the lack of such intense numbers. It leaves me with a challenge to get a better image of the large numbers streaming over head, on their way to a place only they know…

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Painting…photography…mixed media…print making….design…journaling…writing…creating in stunning Taranaki by the wild west coast and a stunning mountain backdrop, with my four gorgeous (make that cute, but messy!) kids, my partner GB, and one very large fat cat. View all posts by Angela Sefton

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