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Book cover of Swirling Starlings, with a murmuration of starlings. Published by Waanders Publishers.

Swirling Starlings

By (author) Maartje van den Heuvel
By (author) Koos Dijksterhuis


  • Through his photographs of swirling flocks of starlings - murmurations - Dutch photographer Erik Hijweege captures the impressive drama of the natural world and illuminates the beautiful choreography of this breathtaking phenomenon
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Through his photographs of swirling swarms of starlings – murmurations – photographer Erik Hijweege explores the impressive drama of the natural world. In this series of images, he captures flocks of starlings as they form and reform in the Dutch sky. Often they present as familiar shapes, such as fish, or swans, that can best be seen when captured in photographs. In the accompanying text, art historian Maartje van den Heuvel compares Hijweege’s images to the cloudy skies in 17th century Dutch painting. Nature journalist Koos Dijksterhuis explains why starling swarms occur, and explains the wonderful choreography of this breath-taking natural phenomenon. This work was exhibited at the Nature Museum Fryslan in Leeuwarden.

Text in English and Dutch.

Waanders & de Kunst Publishers
12th Jul 2024
USA & Canada
10.63 in x 9.06 in
96 Pages
50 color
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