By Iain Watts
This incredible snap appears to show all the leaves of a tree blowing off at once – as a flock of startled starlings took to the skies in unison.
Photographer Michael Unna captured the stunning image when he ventured out for an early morning stroll in his hometown of Edenkoben, Germany, on Sunday morning [OCT 29].
While he usually photographs landscapes, Michael decided to snap the birds as they flew from their nesting places into the sky – giving the appearance that the tree shed its leaves in one fell swoop.
IT technician Michael, 50, said: “It wasn’t planned, I went out before breakfast at about 8.30am and took my camera with me.
“I don’t normally take pictures of animals or people, just trees and landscapes, but when I saw lots of starlings and decided to try and take some pictures of them.
“They suddenly took off flying in the shape of the tree, the starlings look like leaves, it was a very lucky shot.
“This was more or less the first time I tried this – I’m very happy with the picture I got.”
The dad-of-one said the response he’s had online has been ‘fantastic’.
Michael said: “Lots of people have made amazing comments about the photos, it made me feel great.”