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Lunch 117

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Comments on "Lunch 116 - The Common Drongo", or 'Fork-tailed Drongo', 'African Drongo' or alternatively, 'Savanna Drongo'. My wise friend Mike Young rightly said "confusion over common names is one of the very good reasons for the scientific name that all creatures on the planet are given" and so it also has the 'correct' name (as identified by Lynne) of a 'Dicrurus adsimilis'. Well why can't it just have one common name, too?! Confusion reigns!

Most folk commenting yesterday didn't give a fig for the name of the bird, they were up in arms over the fact it was munching on a butterfly..! Or a 'Bicyclus anynana', according to Lynne - sounds more like a recycled banana, to me Wink "Can they not just eat worms?!", asked Kathryn. Have you got something against the poor worm, Kathryn?! If all birds just ate worms, we would surely soon run out of the humble worm - although not, perhaps if their name was Jim...take a look, it's a giggle!

And Mick was bemoaning the lack of Butterflies in his garden this year..."Perhaps I have a Drongo lurking about my primroses,dahlias,tulips,roses,daffodils,orchids and wacky baccy plants !!". Could be, Mick. Or the "Leith Mafioso" Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
A more aptly named bird for today's offering, with refreshingly, just a single common name. The Superb Starling. It's not an image that will ever win prizes, but I selected it because it focuses on "Jim the worm", although it looks more like some other bug and I'll probably still get it in the neck from a certain person Wink

Superb Starlings are very common in Kenya and if I were to give it another name, it would be Jacob - for its coat of many colours. Although its scientific name is Spreo superbus and make of that what you will. It's not a large bird, at just 7.5" (19cm) and is often found in family groups.

Have a Thankful Thursday, everyone ...!


Tags: Bird Lunch Mara Eating Kenya Worm Superb starling Wildlife and nature

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CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
22 May 2014 6:17AM
A splendid bird, Simon, wonderful colours, and a much more acceptable choice of lunch here Wink Carol
Andysnapper 14 109 25 England
22 May 2014 6:26AM
That's definitely iridescent, superb is a very good name for it.

A lovely shot Simon and yet again 'lunch is served'.

Jocelia 10 2 1 Australia
22 May 2014 6:32AM
Yes he definitely is a ‘Jacob' with those lovely colours.
Striking photography again. Don’t let him fly anywhere
near CarolG’s grasshopper though…...WinkWinkWink
22 May 2014 6:39AM
Hello Simon. At last able to see and read (the very amusing) write up, that follows Jacob!
So different from the starling here. Great shot with lovely details.
Have a good day Patty Smile
22 May 2014 6:41AM
Great capture Simon,stunning colours don't think i want his lunch.

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
22 May 2014 7:13AM
Love the capture of the iridescent blue and glorious gold here. What is more the black cap with the stylish white eyeliner is very striking. Obviously The Superb Starling is a fashion icon in the bird world. If it takes a diet of worms and grubs to keep up that elegant appearance, so be it.
11 5.3k 128 United Kingdom
22 May 2014 7:15AM
The colours want to leap from the screen. A gorgeous little bird so very well captured Simon.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
22 May 2014 7:39AM
Great colours
Poor bird looks like it is being garotted by the grass
bobsblues 12 10 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2014 7:54AM
When you study this Simon it looks like a little fat chap bent over with his courdaroy trousers onWink ( or is it the amber nectar playing up old boy ) A cracking colourful shot though my friend well done.WinkSmile
22 May 2014 8:02AM
Fine capture Simon, nice detail,
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
22 May 2014 9:27AM
Beautiful bird Simon. Some really glorious colours in that plumage.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
22 May 2014 10:29AM
Superb colours indeed Simon.

mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
22 May 2014 12:20PM
Could have done with this little fella when I used to go fishing Simon.
It could be back breaking work digging up the worms !!
A colourful chappie.
JohnoP 16 2
22 May 2014 12:46PM
You have superbly portrayed the sheen on the amazing plumage Simon. I like Starlings and this is one that I would love to see! Do they participate in 'murmurations' as we quite often see in the UK I wonder? Smile John
22 May 2014 1:10PM
I see this bird was up early(fairly!) to catch the worm, Simon!

22 May 2014 2:27PM
Lol, you do make me chuckle Grin Sorry I hate worms and spiders so birds can eat them to their hearts content, just not our beautiful butterflies Grin
A beautiful bird captured here Simon, what gorgeous colours GrinGrin

ali63 10 791 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2014 3:44PM
Wonderful colours,lovely image Simon

Ali Grin
22 May 2014 7:45PM
Stunning image, Simon with a great narrative. Great colours and to the delicacy of the worm.

sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2014 8:19PM
stunning shot Simon i think i saw one of these at a place called birdworld in farnham
22 May 2014 10:04PM
What amazing colours Simon. Does look as though he is wearing trousers. Cathy
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
23 May 2014 8:38AM
like the lovely shine captured to this luncheon menu
a lovely shot Simon
23 May 2014 9:01PM
Beautiful colours to this bird Simon..Lin
Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
23 May 2014 11:49PM
A very aptly named bird Simon, its colours are fabulous. As they say the early bird catches the worm and the early tog catches the bird!Tongue
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 810 England
25 May 2014 10:03AM
A striking bird with those colours.
Looking at its scientific name, I wonder why it has something to do with public transport (super bus) Grin

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