Palace Pier Lights Starling Murmuration



Palace Pier Lights Starling Murmuration

Print description

Memory of an evocative and dreamy evening sunset view of Brighton Seafront from the deck of the iconic Palace Pier deck. In the sky a murmuration of starlings fly joyfully before they roost for the night among the iron wrought structure of this historic Victorian construction. Near the horizon the remants of the West Pier stand as a testimony of time.

Print details

I created this print from my original ink drawings to which I apply colour digitally. Printed on fine art paper using archival inks. I issue the formats A0, A1 & A2,A3 and A4  as limited editions of 100 where I individually sign and number each print.

Brighton Seafront

Brighton Palace Pier, commonly known as Brighton Pier or the Palace Pier opened its gates in 1899, it was the third pier to be constructed in Brighton after the Royal Suspension Chain Pier and the West Pier, and is now the only one still in operation. Every winter starlings come to roost under the deck of the Pier attracting lots of visitors and bird lovers.

Close up detail of the print ‘Palace Pier Lights Starling Murmuration’.

Starling Art

Starlings are small passerine birds in the family Sturnidae. The name “Sturnidae” comes from the Latin word for starling, sturnus. Starlings are native to Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as northern Australia and the islands of the tropical Pacific. The starling species familiar to most people in Europe and North America is the common starling, and throughout much of Asia and the Pacific, the common myna is indeed common.

Starlings have strong feet, their flight is strong and direct, and they are very gregarious. They eat insects and fruit. Several species live around human habitation and are effectively omnivores. Plumage of many species is typically dark with a metallic sheen. Most species nest in holes and lay blue or white eggs. Starlings have diverse and complex vocalizations, the birds can recognize particular individuals by their calls and are the subject of research into the evolution of human language.

Starling Murmuration

Murmurations are huge groups of starlings that twist, turn, swoop and swirl across the sky in beautiful shape-shifting clouds.

Just before dusk, small groups of starlings from the same area come together above a communal roosting site. The group grows ever larger, moving in unison in an aerial dance that casts gorgeous shapes against the waning daylight. Scientists believe that murmurations offer safety in numbers; protection from predators like peregrine falcons that are attracted by the sheer number of birds. After all, it can’t be easy to single out just one starling from a whirling group of hundreds or even thousands! Experts still aren’t completely sure how each starling knows which way to turn without bumping into the others.

Palace Pier Lights Starling Murmuration. A1 size edition print.

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Print sizes: standard portrait and square

A0 print size, portrait, A1 print size, portrait, A2 print size, portrait, A3 print size, portrait, A4 print size, portrait

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