Images from an memorable evening spent at Shapwick Heath in the Somerset Levels. An estimated 3.5 million (Common) Starlings came in to roost in the heath reedbeds. They gathered in large numbers in the sky above us before dropping down toward the reeds. As they approached, they were attacked by Sparrowhawks and Peregrine Falcons. Their defensive formations created wonderful swirling patterns in the sky. A small group of birds dropped down into the reeds just in front of us, which was a signal to the rest of the flock. The entire flock seemed to rain down out of the sky. The noise from millions of beating wings and calling birds was incredible. A truly breathtaking wildlife experience.