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Starling Number Six

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I was watching the third episode of the BBC series The Code and the presenter, Marcus du Sautoy, was watching the movement of a flock of starlings. All of a sudden the birds formed the shape of a number 6. The event went completely unnoticed by the presenter but from the screen grab below it looks like he had his eyes closed at the time.

Starlings making a number 6

The event occurred at 12m23s into the programme.

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Stephen wrote at 2011-10-23 07:17:

I watched a recording of this programme this morning and was amazed when the number appeared. It's so well-defined that I thought it must have been digitally inserted as a joke.