Daniel Biber, 53, reported he shot the amazing snap in Spain, soon after watching countless birds and scouting places over a four-day period. Like clouds in the sky, the huge flocks often undertake weird and fantastic – and sometimes graphic – changing shapes and forms.
And the birds seemed to have created for a startling spectacle after they built over the Costa Brava in northeastern Spain, before Mr. Biber’s eyes. He managed to have a group of images which display the birds merging in to the shape of a huge bird once they were targeted by a predator.
And the initial snap has since earned him the superior prize on an international photography competition.
But Mr. Biber stated he just realized his luck once he analyzed the photos on his computer.
He said: ‘I was capturing of the murmurations more than several days.
‘Only when I checked the pictures on the computer later, I realized what formation the starlings had created.
He has been capturing since 1981 when he began with his 1st reflex camera and has been taking digital snaps since 2008.
Mr. Biber has been to the northeast of Spain for several years and learned about the exciting look that starlings put on.
But he stated it took him four days to capture the initial moment after he previously to scout out places and get the lighting style right.
Mr. Biber added: ‘I always have at least one camera on me whenever I leave the house.
‘And I go on regular holidays to northeastern Spain where I have witnessed fantastic murmurations of starlings over the years.
‘I’ve tried to photograph the starlings but it never worked out as well as I hoped for.
‘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 on the scene.
‘It usually happens that birds of prey turn up and the starlings then create bizarre forms. It can be quite erratic and completely random.
‘Sometimes it’s fantasy formations which are then interpreted by our brain.
‘A number of people were watching this display but they were observing it from other spots and might not have seen what I captured.’
The pictures were posted to a worldwide photography competition run by the bird observatory Vogelwarte Sempach in Switzerland.
Organizers received 6,800 pictures with regards to 2017 competition which had been submitted by 540 photographers from 15 countries.
Mr. Biber, a semi-professional photographer, won the competition and has since had requests from professionals who use his pictures to demonstrate the difference between true and doctored images.
He has also had demands from museums in regards to a potential exhibition next calendar year.