Photo of murmuration of starlings looks like a giant starling


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/08/photo-of-murmuration-of-starli.html


#2

Eh, looks more like a robin to me.


#3

I was going to say it looks like a mallard.


#4

That’s one flocking elegant algorithm.


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#6

I was going to say it looks like my parents fighting.


#7

Emergent behavior basically created a birbception. /rimshot


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#9

He’s rebuilding his site,

Photo: good timing.
Website: bad timing.


#10

What happened to all the starlings, anyway? There used to be hundreds of them about when I was a kid. Never see any these days.


#11

Lack of food. Pesticides and landscapes cleared of structural elements. Insect biomass in central western Europe fell by 70% since the 1980.

Remember those bugs on the windscreen?


#12

I worked on a large industrial automation project in the 90s that was inspired by stigmergic flocking and schooling behaviors. Weirdly, until then I was mostly oblivious to the vast movements of birds from their nesting areas in the remaining Delaware swamps to their feeding areas every night; in the summertime there are seemingly endless sky-rivers of millions and millions of birds… I knew they were there, I’d just never thought about it. It’s very beautiful to me now.


#13

Cool, thanks, but here’s a much better version!


#14

Woah. You’re right.


#15

They usually look like boobs to me.


#16

Surely you’re thinking of a different bird?


#17

This actually made national news in Germany, and for more than just hiccup:

We’ll see if this leads to any change in policies and best practice. I doubt it, very much.

But everyone remembers this alleged Einstein quote about the bees, right?

We are so fucked if I’m not really mistaken…

ETA: haven’t read/listened to this, but leave it here for future reference:


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