Following the earlier posting of the Daurian Starlings or Purple-backed Starlings (Sturnus sturninus) flocking, Kwong Wai Chong reported his encounter with masses of the these starlings (above).
“A very large flock of Purple-backed Starlings was seen at Lorong Halus about 6pm on 10th October. I counted more than 600 birds in one of the photos taken. As the photo covers only about 2/3 of the flock, I estimated that there were at least 900 birds! It was quite spectacular seeing them in flight and changing direction in unity.
“…there were many smaller flocks of Purple-backed Starling which arrived in waves. The large flock was first seen from a distance… Then, smaller flocks arrived at different times. Probably, the large flock was the result of all the smaller flocks congregating together for a common roosting place (above). Or could it be that the larger flock was broken down into smaller flocks? I can only guess as the fly-past was too fast and over too wide an area for me to see.”
There was also a very small flock of Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis) that happened to be around the same area at that time.