African Superb Startling

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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This photograph is part of my series of
African wildlife. I traveled to different parts
of African twenty-five years ago and many
of the species, both human and animal
were not in such critical danger of extinction
as they are today as endangered species.
I am deeply saddened as I look through my
photographs knowing that the magnificent
animals I was fortunate to encounter are
in grave danger today.
Based on the fact that this bird is endemic to many parts of Africa, it has a relatively chunky body, strong feet, a long narrow bill and mostly dark plumage with a metallic sheen, we can safely say that it is starling species. African starlings are often known as “glossy starlings” due to the intense sheen to their plumage.

These magnificent birds are amazingly unperturbed at the sight of humans and are known as having no fear of man. The colors are vibrant and I was delighted to find a group of these stunning birds posing for my camera not in the least bothered by my presence. There are so many rare and exotic birds in Africa, that the traveler needs a book to identify the different species. The bird on the far right facing us is “startling,” especially when
viewed close up to see the piercing white
eyes of this rare bird. A visitor from another species has joined the group appearing
comfortable as the “odd bird out.” Do
you recognize the species he belongs to?
Please view this in the large format.

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