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Video Shows Amazing Flight Path of Birds

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if birds left streaks in the sky, sort of like planes leaving contrails?

Thanks to the fine video-editing work of Dennis Hlynsky, you can see what it looks like with your own eyes.

The artist and professor at the Rhode Island School of Design was inspired to create this mesmerizing effect after wondering what the path of individual birds actually looks like.

We’ve all seen videos of starling murmurations, including this recent video from Islands & Rivers, but watching a flock of birds leave a temporary trail is gorgeous.

The birds in his videos aren’t digitally animated either; what you see is the true flight path of the birds. He does this by going to a location, recording several gigabytes of footage and creating the visual path using Adobe After Effects. The poles and powerlines are kept still while he processes the sort of timelapse effect you see in the video.

Here are some more bird videos:

This is just a small sampling of some of the videos he created. You can find more—including some very interesting videos he made of ants, fruit flies and fish—at his website.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.