Superb Starling Close-up

David Clarke

Joined March 2009

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This Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) was in Buffalo Springs game reserve, Samburu, Kenya. They are common birds in the area, but this was quite happy for me to get close. They are often seen on the ground hunting for something delicious to munch

Mr Wikipedia has this to say: "This species is 18 to 19 cm (7–7.5 inches) long. Adults have black heads and iridescent blue-to-green back, upper breast, wings, and tail. The belly is red-orange, separated from the blue breast by a white bar. The undertail coverts and the wing linings are white. Juveniles have duller plumage with no more than a suggestion of the white breast band. Their irises are brown, later grayish white, eventually the adult’s cream-color.
The Superb Starling has a long and loud song consisting of trills and chatters. At midday it gives a softer song of repeated phrases. There are several harsh calls, the most complex of which is described as “a shrill, screeching skerrrreeee-cherrrroo-tcherreeeeeet.”

Canon 1DMkII with Canon 300mm EF IS lens and Canon 1.4X extender. ISO 200 1/60 at f10

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