Who else here has a list (I mean an actual, tangible, ink-on-paper list) of places they want to go and things they want to do/see before they kick the bucket? Anyone? Care to share?
Near the tippy top of my own list is a visit to England specifically to witness massive flocking formations of starlings over the moors in the West Midlands. Hundreds of thousands of them gather each year to tumble together through the air at dusk, swerving suddenly, veering arbitrarily, always in perfect unison, never colliding, sometimes for hours before coming down to roost for the evening. Birders travel from all over the world to observe the phenomenon. Scientists have been studying their swarming behavior to develop artificial technology:
Before I die, I must see this with my own eyes. International Coilhouse field trip, anyone?
What would you want to do?
(More flocking clips after the jump.)
You might want to turn the sound off for a lot of these and put something more personally appropriate to you on the stereo. (I’m cranking some Slowdive.)
Starlings being dive-bombed by a peregrin falcon. Incredible.