Starling | BPW #42

Last year, on our way to Olifants Rest Camp in Kruger National Park, we stopped on the bridge just before Letaba to stretch our legs a bit. You are allowed out between the two yellow lines marked on the tar.

This starling was sitting there chatting away to itself, not minding us getting close at all. So I took a couple of photos. I must have shifted to motion mode on my Panasonic FZ30 by accident, because I ended up with 2 short videos on my memory card. You can hear the starling chatting away here. Sorry about the big truck changing gears  …

… trying to give me the ‘evil eye’

Cape Glossy Starling
Cape Glossy Starling

… showing off his best side ..

Posing for the Camera
Posing for the Camera

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16 comments

  1. Great photos, Gwendolen! Definitely a different breed than the European Starlings, which are the only starlings we have over here in the states. The video really shows off the iridescence of his feathers, doesn't it? Beautiful!

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  2. Lovely shots, Gwen. I enjoyed watching the “accidental” video. The starling's colors really shine on that one.

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  3. Nice photos and video too. Really nice to hear the bird chatter. The sheen on the feathers in the video is beautiful.

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  4. this Starling like like a Asian House Crow except it is much better looking with a preety dark bluish plumage

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  5. Cool! Loved the video and listening to his song. Your Starlings are considerably different than ours. Love the coloring and eyes. The photo of him giving you the evil eye made me laugh!

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  6. Beautiful pictures.This starling colour look like our Asian Glossy Starling, except for the eyes. Asian Glossy eyes are red.

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  7. well, you are allowed to get out on the bridges because the lions hardly ever eat people on the other side of the lines ;-)When I saw the first picture, I thought I recognized the setting. I thought it was one of the bridges somewhere around Olifants! The sound of the glossy starlings is definitely what Kruger rest camps and picnic sites sound like to me.Did you see any of the other glossy starlings that are in the area: Greater/Lesser Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Burchell's Starling, Long-tailed Starling? Thanks for following my blog. I added your to my blogroll, so I will be back.

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  8. Great video, gwen – isn't it interesting when you find a nice surprise in your camera? LOL at the “evil eye” – perfect caption.BTW, I like signing in as my twitter persona. Saves another login/password and still links me to the rest of my online personality.

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