The Black Sun in Denmark

This is one of nature’s most breathtaking phenomena that can only be seen in Denmark, and witnessing this should be in any nature lover’s bucket list. The Sol Sort (“Bird Flock”) is the term used to describe the amazing formations of hundreds of thousands of migrating European starlings as they head to their breeding grounds or the next comfortable place for resting when the weather turns.

The Sort sol can best be seen in the Tonder marshlands or in the Ribe island near the Wadden Sea in the Jutland peninsula and happens twice a year – during spring from March to April, and also in the autumn from the middle of September to October. The birds fly from the southern parts of Europe to regions in Scandinavia and countries near the Baltic Sea such as Sweden, Finland, Germany and Poland. The “dance of the million birds” take place around dusk, when they rise up in hordes in the sky.

As they move in unison, their direction takes on incredible changing patterns and at times appears to cover the sun as it sets down in the horizon (hence the name). The undulating black shapes against the breathtaking colors of the sunset accompanied by the rustling of a million wings will simply astound any onlooker and is a sight that should never be missed.

The spectacle lasts for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the wind conditions and if there are birds of prey that hover around waiting to disrupt the flight of the starlings.

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