Starlings from Russia and eastern Europe soar through the sky in southern Israel, creating a display of shifting shapes and movements while spending the winter in the Holy Land.

The flock of starlings put on dazzling displays of shapes, resembling once a fish, now a giant whale, now a huge ball swarming across the skies.

The murmurations – dark, shifting shapes that look almost like a ballet performance in the sky – awoke the otherwise silent desert, near Beer Sheba, in southern Israel.