Wednesday, August 24, 2022

A Spoon in the Sky

Environmental & Science Education, STEM, Art & Environment, Wildlife, Nature, Biodiversity

Ed Hessler 

The image featured below was captured over a part of the Jordan Valley by Israeli wildlife photographer Albert Keshet of a murmuration of starlings in the shape of a spoon with a heap of sugar followed by a nod to Israeli spoon bender, the self-described mystic and psychic, Uri Geller is one of the most stunning I've ever seen.

In a post of the image by the BBC, Keshet said ""At one point Albert Keshety began to ascend to the sky and began the dance of starlings. To my huge surprise, in the space of only about five seconds the starlings formed the shape of the spoon. They held it for a few seconds then the shape changed to a bent spoon - just like the one Uri Geller is famous for!"

The accompanying story describes the phenomenon of murmuration, a link to Geller's museum, and another on a University of Gloucestershire and The Royal Society of Biology project on citizen science murmuration survey, a link to a 2m 58s video of the forming/transforming of the spoon starling murmation as well as another at Brighton Pier, England (1m 06s).

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