Spectacular bird flight at Snettisham

One of the most stunning scenes in the world of water fowl has taken place at Snettisham Nature Reserve in England. Known as the Snettisham Spectacular, thousands of birds took to the skies in unison to give spectators a remarkable flying display. The waders flocked together to find new feeding grounds due to incoming tides at the reserve on the edge of The Wash – an estuary which supports more than 300,000 birds.
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Greylag Geese land on a lake during the incoming tide at the RSPB's Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. The reserve lies on the edge of 'The Wash', one of the most important bird estuaries in the UK, supporting over 300,000 birds. A few times every year higher than average tides force thousands of waders including Knot, Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Black and Bar Tailed Godwit and Plover to take flight, and advance up the mud flats in search of food. The event is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the UK. (Getty Images)
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Greylag Geese and Waders flock together seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB's Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. The reserve lies on the edge of 'The Wash', one of the most important bird estuaries in the UK, supporting over 300,000 birds. A few times every year higher than average tides force thousands of waders including Knot, Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Black and Bar Tailed Godwit and Plover to take flight, and advance up the mud flats in search of food. The event is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the UK. (Getty Images)
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Waders flock together seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB's Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. The reserve lies on the edge of 'The Wash', one of the most important bird estuaries in the UK, supporting over 300,000 birds. A few times every year higher than average tides force thousands of waders including Knot, Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Black and Bar Tailed Godwit and Plover to take flight, and advance up the mud flats in search of food. The event is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the UK. (Getty Images)
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Oystercatchers gather after seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB's Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. The reserve lies on the edge of 'The Wash', one of the most important bird estuaries in the UK, supporting over 300,000 birds. A few times every year higher than average tides force thousands of waders including Knot, Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Black and Bar Tailed Godwit and Plover to take flight, and advance up the mud flats in search of food. The event is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the UK. (Getty Images)
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Waders flock together seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB's Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. The reserve lies on the edge of 'The Wash', one of the most important bird estuaries in the UK, supporting over 300,000 birds. A few times every year higher than average tides force thousands of waders including Knot, Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Black and Bar Tailed Godwit and Plover to take flight, and advance up the mud flats in search of food. The event is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the UK. (Getty Images)
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Waders flock together seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB's Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. The reserve lies on the edge of 'The Wash', one of the most important bird estuaries in the UK, supporting over 300,000 birds. A few times every year higher than average tides force thousands of waders including Knot, Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Black and Bar Tailed Godwit and Plover to take flight, and advance up the mud flats in search of food. The event is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the UK. (Getty Images)
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Godwit and other waders gather after seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB's Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. The reserve lies on the edge of 'The Wash', one of the most important bird estuaries in the UK, supporting over 300,000 birds. A few times every year higher than average tides force thousands of waders including Knot, Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Black and Bar Tailed Godwit and Plover to take flight, and advance up the mud flats in search of food. The event is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the UK. (Getty Images)
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Birdwatchers gather as waders flock together seeking new feeding grounds during the incoming tide at the RSPB's Snettisham Nature reserve on September 09, 2013 in Snettisham, England. The reserve lies on the edge of 'The Wash', one of the most important bird estuaries in the UK, supporting over 300,000 birds. A few times every year higher than average tides force thousands of waders including Knot, Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Black and Bar Tailed Godwit and Plover to take flight, and advance up the mud flats in search of food. The event is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the UK. (Getty Images)