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Invasion of the starlings

Hundreds of starlings were seen flocking in mass, doing twists and turns over Waikanae Beach on Friday.

Seeing hundreds, perhaps even thousands of starlings twisting, turning and making shapes in the sky is a phenomenon called murmuration and is a rarely-sighted phenomenon.

Starlings were introduced to New Zealand in 1862.

Starling invasion from the Waikanae Beach. Picture by Jan Shanhun Photographer