Amazing Photo Captures Thousands of Birds on Snowy Treetops

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Snow covered trees are always eye catching, but CSI Walker Berg of the Portland Police Bureau was in for an exceptional view when he glanced out his window. Thousands of black starlings had congregated on the tree tops, creating a surreal scene that looks a bit like sesame rice.

Fortunately for us, Berg grabbed his Nikon D700 and snapped this incredible image before the murmuration of starlings flew off. With the trees lit up by street lamps, it's almost as if the birds are sitting on nature's lightbox.

After posting the image, titled Crows on Snow, to the Portland Police Bureau Facebook and Twitter, the image instantly went viral. A matter of being in the right place at the right time, Berg's delightful image proves that even the police can have an eye for photography.

A close look reveals that the birds are most likely black starlings, which congregate by the thousands, rather than crows.

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h/t: [Colossal]

All photos via Walker Berg – Portland Police Bureau.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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