- Photographer Brad Dams, 37, captured the stunning display from a beach in Snottysham, Norfolk
- Vedders dazzled onlookers as hundreds took flight in the shape of both a swooping bird and a whale fin
- Scientists are still not sure why birds do this but some have suggested that it is done to confuse predators.
It’s a wonderful moment when one misty autumn morning dazzled beach-goers as they created a series of incredible figures, including a giant bird and a whale fin.
Thousands of knots formed impressive structures while playing the game of charioteer in the sky.
Snettisham, Norfolk dazzled onlookers as acrobatic animals flocked from their mudflat nests to escape the oncoming high tide.
Also in the audience was 37-year-old photographer Brad Dams, who captured the spectacular performance on camera.
In fascinating scenes, the knots formed a number of shapes, one of which resembled a jumping whale emerging from the sea.
The flock makes its best impression of a large bird swooping through the air as part of its rumble at Snottysham, Norfolk
The smaller birds mimic each other which creates a ripple effect among the flock and holds them together in a larger shape.
A structure pictured looked like a whale’s fin over water in a misty Norfolk morning
Mr Dams said: ‘One figure looked like a bird and the other looked like a wing of a whale.
‘The great thing is that everyone sees something different.’
Brad, from Holt, Norfolk, said: ‘The bales nest and feed on the beach’s mudflats. Finally, the water comes up and they take in the air.
‘When they take off in a bar, it’s like a steam train is passing by.
‘They make a small demonstration and then take off and land.’
The knotweed is a short-legged, stocky wading bird that forms huge flocks over the winter following its Arctic breeding grounds in the UK.
Knotts usually move to estuaries along UK coasts between August and May.
Endangered birds are classified as Near Threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Database of Endangered Species.
Little is known about why the birds go to burrow, but some have suggested that it is done to confuse predators trying to hunt the birds for prey.
Hundreds of birds can grumble like these knotweeds that flock to our shores every year between August and May.
The knotweed will return to its Arctic breeding grounds in the midst of returning to our shores once again next autumn.
The acrobatic animals dazzled onlookers as they swarmed with their mud-filled nests to escape the high tide
The murmurs often take on the striking shapes of other objects as the birds fly together in a large flock.
Viewers said that when the birds take off at the same time it makes a loud sound like ‘a steam train is passing by’.
the secret of the murmur
Murmuration is little understood by ornithologists, but it has been suggested that it may have been a survival technique to intimidate predators.
The birds mimic each other which creates a ripple effect among the flock and holds them together in one great shape.
In 2014, a Warwick research team discovered that it is the regions of light and dark in the swarms that allow the stars to fly so close together.
The pattern of light and dark, formed as an attempt to achieve the required density of birds, provides important information to individual birds within a flock.
From a distance they appear black, but when viewed up close they are very bright with purple and greenish tinge.
This stunning photo captures thousands of starlings in a murmur as they surrounded a man’s car as part of his work as an ecologist