There's a reason that many of us humanfolk are keen to preserve as much of the natural world as we can. And that, in part, is because the natural world is filled with incomprehensibly wonderful creatures that can do mind-blowing stuff like this: Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo . Evidently, these two kayakers were caught in the midst of a 'murmuration' of starlings. They were fortunate enough to capture on camera the elegant, elaborate patterns the birds created as they performed this truly stunning feat of aerial acrobatics. If Jonathan Franzen were on that boat, his head probably would have exploded . UPDATE: Apparently there's some controversy over the video -- regarding the rights of the film, not the content or the veracity of the footage, though. See Jeff's post for the details .