Moulding flocks to make messages in the sky
Starlings flock together in huge numbers at this time of year in a number of places across Europe. Around Christmas I was lucky enough to witness the phenomenon first hand, on the Somerset levels in the South West of England.
It occured to me that it would be rather a grand romantic gesture to be able to coordinate these birds – by using a small group of trained falcons* – and to shape their giant wheeling flocks in to messages of love. Perhaps a passable heart shape (rather than a sentence!) should be the extent of my ambitions, but I think that would be impressive enough.
*this may mean nothing to the majority of readers, but I am imagining an ariel version of one man and his dog…