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Photographer Captures One In A Million Photo, Doesn’t Realize It Until He Gets Home
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Photographer Captures One In A Million Photo, Doesn’t Realize It Until He Gets Home

Sometimes in nature things happen that seem too good to be true, perfect coincidences that vividly illustrate the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

One such episode occurred over the Costa Brava, in Northeastern Spain, when a flock of birds began to gather into a shape-shifting cloud, known as a murmuration. This phenomenon is a true spectacle, with hundreds, sometimes thousands or more birds moving and twisting in what appears to be a coordinated, single organism that can quickly morph into some startling shapes.
Wildlife photography professional Daniel Biber from Hilzingen, Germany was there when the starlings began to swirl and twist, most likely the result of a predator such as a falcon or a hawk being in the vicinity. It was almost supernatural that in response to the predator, the cloud of starlings ended up twisting and turning themselves into a giant, single bird, as if to say to their tormentor, “we are bigger than you.”

The photos have earned Mr. Biber a prize in an international photography competition, but he didn’t realize that he had captured such unique shots until later on. “Only when I checked the pictures on the computer later, I realized what formation the starlings had created,” he told the Daily Mail. “I was so concentrated on taking pictures at the time that I hadn’t realized that the starling murmuration had created a giant bird in the sky.”

It was a case of patience pays off for Mr. Biber, who had tried and failed to capture the starlings in full flow before. “’I’ve tried to photograph the starlings but it never worked out as well as I hoped for,” he said. “’I eventually drove to the spot every day for four days in a row in order to capture them. I picked a spot where I thought they would turn up and picked a matching foreground and backdrop in order to put them in a scene.”

Scroll down below to check out Mr. Biber’s incredible bird watching photography shots, and if you are a bit of an amateur twitcher yourself, you can add your own bird photos in the comments!

Sometimes in nature things happen that seem too good to be true

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

Photographer Daniel Biber from Hilzingen, Germany was trying to capture the murmuration of starlings for 4 days when he finally succeeded

Image credits: Daniel Biber/ SWNS

“I’ve tried to photograph the starlings but it never worked out as well as I hoped for”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“I eventually drove to the spot every day for four days in a row in order to capture them”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“I was so concentrated on taking pictures at the time that I hadn’t realised that the starlings had created a giant bird in the sky”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“It took less than 10 seconds for the birds to create that formation”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“I realised that I had captured a unique snapshot, technically, sharp and in high quality”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“It usually happens that birds of prey turn up and the starlings then create bizarre forms. It can be quite erratic and completely random”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

“A number of people were watching this display but they were observing it from other spots and might not have seen what I captured”

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

The incredible images ended up winning an international photography prize!

Image credits: Daniel Biber/lensculture

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Daria B
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4 years ago

The incredible images ended up winning an international photography prize!" -> and deservingly so! These are cool, cute, majestic, elegant, interesting and intriguing at the same time.

Martin Bourque
Community Member
4 years ago

Fantastic shot! Your tenacity and a little serendipity really paid off. I hope I'm that lucky one day. The only recent pic I have is an angry bird. monday_mor...a275b9.jpg monday_morning_bird-5a4da3ba275b9.jpg

Laura Johnston
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4 years ago

The bird is saying where's the food?

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Juana
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4 years ago

The last two look like a killer whale or penguin.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

You shot several birds including a penguin, and an orca. I think that flock was putting on a show for you.

Karen McCrorey
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful. Standing under a murmuration is indeed a zen-like experience. 002F9C30-0...a-jpeg.jpg 002F9C30-07BF-4018-A2D6-E53C4A2FEEFD-5a4d29164ceba-jpeg.jpg

Mike Taylor
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4 years ago

perfect example of fractals in nature

sleepingwolves
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4 years ago

Songbird in the cold DSC_8354-5...30017b.jpg DSC_8354-5a4d63830017b.jpg

Christine Heathman
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4 years ago

Very beautiful pictures. I can see why the won an international prize

Mani Tanner
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4 years ago

Are these birds or bees?

Alia Gail
Community Member
4 years ago

Birds. they’re starlings.

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Kacy Jones
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4 years ago

Awesome maybe one of the photos will win the National Geographic photo contest

Ron Adams
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4 years ago

They are beautiful photos, but I'm a bit sceptical about so many.

Marta Madison
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4 years ago

Photoshop anyone?

Caroline Espenschied
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4 years ago

collective conscience ?

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Paula Raymundo
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4 years ago

I can't believe their real! Just wow!

Valerie Davis
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4 years ago

So amazing !! I wish I could capture something like this !

Kimberly Robinson
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4 years ago

Truly amazing pictures. I'm so impressed by them.

sleepingwolves
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4 years ago

It's says to add your bird pictures.

Katie and Jared Coates
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4 years ago

Reminds me of philosophy and Platonic forms.. And the idea that a perfect form of everything exists in the cosmos <3

Gio David
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1 year ago

Wow Incredible Mind blowing photos! This was an inspiration. Check where i sold all my photos to online buyers! I hope it helps Photographers out there https://be68f5t9nq3-1q76l7s-j8l0ma.hop.clickbank.net/

Gail Harry
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2 years ago

if you have eyes to see, you will see -- maybe it's to dismay predators?

Ronald Caple
Community Member
2 years ago

I once had the chance to take pics of a group of 1000 + Sparrows format into a huge perfect tornado..............but my camera? I was on the way to pick it up from the cops who had stolen it. They stole a lot more in that one group of shots though, from us all!

Ronald Caple
Community Member
2 years ago

Ever wonder how a so called fictitious bird can be mimicked by live bords? Ladies, Gentlemen, The Phoenix Rises! I once had the chance to take pics of a group of 1000 + Sparrows format into a huge perfect tornado..............but my camera? I was on the way to pick it up from the cops who had stolen it. They stole a lot more in that one group of shots though, from us all!

Melodie Hayes
Community Member
2 years ago

Amazing photo!

Jim Chisholm
Community Member
3 years ago

re's a pic that I lucked out with. I was waiting long periods bird activity and then scrambling to get as many shots as possible in an uncertain amount of time. I only knew about the lighthouse in the background of this photo after I got home. Sound familiar? This is from Campbell River, BC looking at Quadra Island. Seagulls-o...cc5105.jpg Seagulls-over-CR-Sea-Wall-w-Lighthouse-5bdcf80cc5105.jpg

Srijita Kushwaha
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3 years ago

Nature at its Best! ---- ViSiT My WeBsItE: http://www.srijitaphotography.com/

Chris Shanahan
Community Member
4 years ago

Obviously fake.

Terri Rowland
Community Member
4 years ago

If I could give a million up votes to this, it's worth every minute spent waiting for the exact moment. 💜💝💚💞😇

Larry Gremban
Community Member
4 years ago

I would like to see the raw files

Larry Gremban
Community Member
4 years ago

I would like to see the raw files

Marion Friedl
Community Member
4 years ago

SIMPLY WOW!!!

Ender Orak
Community Member
4 years ago

Isn't it weird that we only appreciate such beauties only when it looks like something that we can recognise? Regardless of what shape it takes, their dance is pure beauty, but only if we can truly look, without our mind in charge to make it look like something that it already knows (which isn't too much).

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful shots, wonderful to see

Joan Steele
Community Member
4 years ago

Truly amazing photos! Once in a million shot.

Linda Hobart
Community Member
4 years ago

Thats incredible!

Geoffrey Kamadi
Community Member
4 years ago

Awesome! Just another indication that an incredible photo may take hours or days of waiting.

Gabi Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

FANTASTIC! Congratulations, Daniel Biber! God's artwork is everywhere at every moment... but I had NO IDEA that God even works with STARLINGS VISUALLY, though it makes sense... and I always felt their patterns of FLIGHT were somehow God-directed! HOW ELSE could they fly with such precision and without any known (to us) leader(s). Even WITH leaders what they manage to do would be impossible... impossible for SO MANY to fly so SWIFTLY yet never to fly into each other! It's #MAGIC. ♥ God's magic.

Pranz Latases
Community Member
4 years ago

love it

jacqueline charity
Community Member
4 years ago

They are true natural works of art. Would like to have framed copies.

Victor Calamity
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing! I'd love to see that photo as a mural in someone's home!

Hari Onago
Community Member
4 years ago

What were the odds? These photos are incredible! I love watching the sterlings shape shifting like that but I had never witnessed anything similar before. Really cool.

Mike Melnotte
Community Member
4 years ago

THIS is why you put the effort into photography. For a magical, fleeting moment like that. There's effort that goes into seeking out these shots. Well done!

Jason Hynes
Community Member
4 years ago

looks like an Orca!

Birk Herrath
Community Member
4 years ago

Once in a lifetime.... breathtaking !

Ana
Community Member
4 years ago

looks like birds feeding on flowers

Oscar
Community Member
4 years ago

That is so cool!

Della Threlkeld
Community Member
2 years ago

All I could think of is What an AWSOME GOD THERE IS!♥️♥️. He made us and the birds! Many thanks to the photographer! Della Threlkeld, Texas

mella Oscar
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4 years ago

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Alberto
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4 years ago

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Good Photoshop skills. really……

Alberto
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4 years ago

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It is funny how all the photos are taken from exactly the same place with exactly the same light… I could believe that these images are not fake only if you show me the original raw files.

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Daria B
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4 years ago

The incredible images ended up winning an international photography prize!" -> and deservingly so! These are cool, cute, majestic, elegant, interesting and intriguing at the same time.

Martin Bourque
Community Member
4 years ago

Fantastic shot! Your tenacity and a little serendipity really paid off. I hope I'm that lucky one day. The only recent pic I have is an angry bird. monday_mor...a275b9.jpg monday_morning_bird-5a4da3ba275b9.jpg

Laura Johnston
Community Member
4 years ago

The bird is saying where's the food?

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Juana
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4 years ago

The last two look like a killer whale or penguin.

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

You shot several birds including a penguin, and an orca. I think that flock was putting on a show for you.

Karen McCrorey
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful. Standing under a murmuration is indeed a zen-like experience. 002F9C30-0...a-jpeg.jpg 002F9C30-07BF-4018-A2D6-E53C4A2FEEFD-5a4d29164ceba-jpeg.jpg

Mike Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

perfect example of fractals in nature

sleepingwolves
Community Member
4 years ago

Songbird in the cold DSC_8354-5...30017b.jpg DSC_8354-5a4d63830017b.jpg

Christine Heathman
Community Member
4 years ago

Very beautiful pictures. I can see why the won an international prize

Mani Tanner
Community Member
4 years ago

Are these birds or bees?

Alia Gail
Community Member
4 years ago

Birds. they’re starlings.

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Kacy Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Awesome maybe one of the photos will win the National Geographic photo contest

Ron Adams
Community Member
4 years ago

They are beautiful photos, but I'm a bit sceptical about so many.

Marta Madison
Community Member
4 years ago

Photoshop anyone?

Caroline Espenschied
Community Member
4 years ago

collective conscience ?

Load More Replies...
Paula Raymundo
Community Member
4 years ago

I can't believe their real! Just wow!

Valerie Davis
Community Member
4 years ago

So amazing !! I wish I could capture something like this !

Kimberly Robinson
Community Member
4 years ago

Truly amazing pictures. I'm so impressed by them.

sleepingwolves
Community Member
4 years ago

It's says to add your bird pictures.

Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
4 years ago

Reminds me of philosophy and Platonic forms.. And the idea that a perfect form of everything exists in the cosmos <3

Gio David
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow Incredible Mind blowing photos! This was an inspiration. Check where i sold all my photos to online buyers! I hope it helps Photographers out there https://be68f5t9nq3-1q76l7s-j8l0ma.hop.clickbank.net/

Gail Harry
Community Member
2 years ago

if you have eyes to see, you will see -- maybe it's to dismay predators?

Ronald Caple
Community Member
2 years ago

I once had the chance to take pics of a group of 1000 + Sparrows format into a huge perfect tornado..............but my camera? I was on the way to pick it up from the cops who had stolen it. They stole a lot more in that one group of shots though, from us all!

Ronald Caple
Community Member
2 years ago

Ever wonder how a so called fictitious bird can be mimicked by live bords? Ladies, Gentlemen, The Phoenix Rises! I once had the chance to take pics of a group of 1000 + Sparrows format into a huge perfect tornado..............but my camera? I was on the way to pick it up from the cops who had stolen it. They stole a lot more in that one group of shots though, from us all!

Melodie Hayes
Community Member
2 years ago

Amazing photo!

Jim Chisholm
Community Member
3 years ago

re's a pic that I lucked out with. I was waiting long periods bird activity and then scrambling to get as many shots as possible in an uncertain amount of time. I only knew about the lighthouse in the background of this photo after I got home. Sound familiar? This is from Campbell River, BC looking at Quadra Island. Seagulls-o...cc5105.jpg Seagulls-over-CR-Sea-Wall-w-Lighthouse-5bdcf80cc5105.jpg

Srijita Kushwaha
Community Member
3 years ago

Nature at its Best! ---- ViSiT My WeBsItE: http://www.srijitaphotography.com/

Chris Shanahan
Community Member
4 years ago

Obviously fake.

Terri Rowland
Community Member
4 years ago

If I could give a million up votes to this, it's worth every minute spent waiting for the exact moment. 💜💝💚💞😇

Larry Gremban
Community Member
4 years ago

I would like to see the raw files

Larry Gremban
Community Member
4 years ago

I would like to see the raw files

Marion Friedl
Community Member
4 years ago

SIMPLY WOW!!!

Ender Orak
Community Member
4 years ago

Isn't it weird that we only appreciate such beauties only when it looks like something that we can recognise? Regardless of what shape it takes, their dance is pure beauty, but only if we can truly look, without our mind in charge to make it look like something that it already knows (which isn't too much).

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful shots, wonderful to see

Joan Steele
Community Member
4 years ago

Truly amazing photos! Once in a million shot.

Linda Hobart
Community Member
4 years ago

Thats incredible!

Geoffrey Kamadi
Community Member
4 years ago

Awesome! Just another indication that an incredible photo may take hours or days of waiting.

Gabi Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

FANTASTIC! Congratulations, Daniel Biber! God's artwork is everywhere at every moment... but I had NO IDEA that God even works with STARLINGS VISUALLY, though it makes sense... and I always felt their patterns of FLIGHT were somehow God-directed! HOW ELSE could they fly with such precision and without any known (to us) leader(s). Even WITH leaders what they manage to do would be impossible... impossible for SO MANY to fly so SWIFTLY yet never to fly into each other! It's #MAGIC. ♥ God's magic.

Pranz Latases
Community Member
4 years ago

love it

jacqueline charity
Community Member
4 years ago

They are true natural works of art. Would like to have framed copies.

Victor Calamity
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing! I'd love to see that photo as a mural in someone's home!

Hari Onago
Community Member
4 years ago

What were the odds? These photos are incredible! I love watching the sterlings shape shifting like that but I had never witnessed anything similar before. Really cool.

Mike Melnotte
Community Member
4 years ago

THIS is why you put the effort into photography. For a magical, fleeting moment like that. There's effort that goes into seeking out these shots. Well done!

Jason Hynes
Community Member
4 years ago

looks like an Orca!

Birk Herrath
Community Member
4 years ago

Once in a lifetime.... breathtaking !

Ana
Community Member
4 years ago

looks like birds feeding on flowers

Oscar
Community Member
4 years ago

That is so cool!

Della Threlkeld
Community Member
2 years ago

All I could think of is What an AWSOME GOD THERE IS!♥️♥️. He made us and the birds! Many thanks to the photographer! Della Threlkeld, Texas

mella Oscar
Community Member
4 years ago

If you are trying to catch your cheating spouse, I recommend that you contact the hacker that helped me monitor my husband’s phone when I was gathering evidence during the divorce. I got virtually every information he has been hiding over the months easily on my own phone: the spy app diverted all his whatsapp, calls, text, facebook, text messages, sent and received through the phone: I also got his phone calls and deleted messages. he could not believe his eyes when he saw the evidence because he had no idea he was hacked.. if you need any type of hack you can contact him. Contact: computerworld3017@gmail.com

Alberto
Community Member
4 years ago

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Good Photoshop skills. really……

Alberto
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

It is funny how all the photos are taken from exactly the same place with exactly the same light… I could believe that these images are not fake only if you show me the original raw files.

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