A Netherlands citizen captured a natural phenomenon on his camera, as the giant tree he was shooting suddenly turned into a raging flock of birds that simultaneously departed the tree's branches in a massive swarm.
In the captured footage, the Netherlands man is simply shooting what appears to be a large tree with flowing leaves. A few light scatterings of birds appear to fly to the left and right, but still the viewer isn’t aware of anything abnormal.
As the video plays on, suddenly the birds are “set off” and what first appeared to be leaves now transforms into a large flock flying together in what can only be likened to a swarm.
While there are many rational and evolutionarily adapted fears, such as spiders and snakes, having a fear of birds is seemingly unfounded. But after watching the video, one can see how being caught in scattering flock of birds might be a bit terrifying. Scientists believe that natural fears are evolutionarily passed down due to some animals and entities being dangerous in nature.
Alfred Hitchcock dealt strongly with the fear of birds in his classic thriller, The Birds. Luckily for the man filming the oddity, these birds were not the same as Hitchcock’s batch. If that had been the case then it's safe to say that the footage would not have been captured and the man would not have escaped with his life.
According to The Blaze, based on the swarming habits of the birds, they appear to be starlings. Starlings are known to have bizarre flock patterns in which they catch how schools of fish would act in the ocean. The coordinated movements and flight patterns of these birds are known as “murmurations.”
In a past article written by Wired, “murmurations” have scientific properties and point to some unknown universal theories of connection.
“Starling flocks, it turns out, are best described with equations of 'critical transitions' — systems that are poised to tip, to be almost instantly and completely transformed, like metals becoming magnetized or liquid turning to gas,” the article reads. “Each starling in a flock is connected to every other. When a flock turns in unison, it’s a phase transition.”
The article goes on to speculate that while it is easy to fathom how a burn will turn when it’s neighbor bird turns as well, sometimes birds can be separated by hundreds of feet but still have simultaneous movements. Scientists have also witnessed this in protons and electrons, which lead onto the notion of some deep interworking of the universe that we currently cannot comprehend.
Nature is always a fascinating entity, and by learning more about it, we in turn broaden our knowledge of the universe and its complexities.