A picture taken on February 3, 2019, shows a murmuration of starlings during their traditional dance before landing to sleep on the Jordan Valley in the West Bank along the border with Jordan. A picture taken on February 3, 2019, shows a murmuration of starlings during their traditional dance before landing to sleep on the Jordan Valley in the West Bank along the border with Jordan. Though starling numbers have fallen in Israel over the past few decades for unknown reasons, they are making a clear recovery and can be spotted by the hundreds of thousands in the Israeli countryside at dusk during the colder winter months. (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Starlings create breathtaking formations over Israeli valley

It's quite a sight to behold when these birds get together.

There's nothing quite like a starling murmuration. When thousands of these birds get together and start their traditional dance in the sky, suddenly you're no longer looking at a flock of birds but at one single, fluid being, gliding ever so slowly over the humble viewers below.

This week, photographer Menahem Kahana was lucky enough to catch this natural phenomenon in action over the Jordan Valley in Israel. It's always a treat to see what kinds of shapes these brilliant animals take on when they all get together in mid-flight harmony.

A picture taken on February 3, 2019, shows a murmuration of starlings during their traditional dance before landing to sleep on the Jordan Valley in the West Bank along the border with Jordan. Watching the starlings move around the sky is mesmerizing enough, but add the landscape of the Israeli countryside to the equation, and you've got a canvas-worthy work of art. (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Starling birds form shapes over the Jordan Valley. Watching the birds transition from one formation to another is quite extraordinary. (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on February 3, 2019, shows a murmuration of starlings during their traditional dance before landing to sleep on the Jordan Valley in the West Bank along the border with Jordan. We can't help wondering if any of them ever get tired of holding that position for so long. (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on February 3, 2019, shows a murmuration of starlings during their traditional dance before landing to sleep on the Jordan Valley in the West Bank along the border with Jordan. We can't lie – this looks like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. We prefer the long view. (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Starlings create breathtaking formations over Israeli valley
It's quite a sight to behold when these birds get together.