Millions of starlings turns the skies black as they dip through the air for food at dawn and dusk by creating a spectacular formation. The best time to watch these starlings is before dusk, as they come home to roost; yet another beautiful sight is at the first light when the starlings leave their nest.

These extraordinary pictures were taken in Gretna Green, Scotland, shows more than a million birds wheeling and turning as one, billowing clouds of starlings are transformed into images of a penguin, cartoon characters, and a shoe.