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Camera : Canon EOS 550D
Location : My garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

This afternoon, while sitting on the patio with a cup of coffee, I saw a bright glint of blue through some plants. I had my camera with me as I had been taking photographs earlier on. I focused on the flash of blue through the plants and to my delight saw this Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis nitens) and a Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus) at one of my bird baths. The Starling seemed to be aware of me, but the Weaver was not perturbed by me or the Starling, hopping into the water and splashing water all over the Starling, who looked like he was also going to hop in, but never got around to it.

The Weaver spent a couple of minutes splashing around before taking off into the trees and settling down to preen himself. The Starling took a couple of drinks of water and also disappeared into the trees, sure that I was spying on him!

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • John Velocci
    John Velocciover 1 year ago

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    Nice catch Maree, they’re very beautiful birds.

  • Thanks Jim. Everybody else’s Starlings are very tame but mine just won’t settle down and relax!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    Gelukkige jy!!

  • Dankie, en as daai Starling maar net wou toelaat dat ek nader kom! Hierdie is vanaf die stoep geneem deur al die blare en blomme!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 1 year ago

    Lovely pic.

  • Thank you Kerry.

    – Maree Clarkson

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