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Lunch 124

By SimonFletch  
Greetings to you all and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 123 - The Nubian Woodpecker'. The one with the extremely long tongue, for winkling out bugs from tiny holes in fallen trees who, as John put it "Looks like it is sucking up spaghetti". Joan mentioned his prominent headgear... "I think it looks like he applied a good dollop of Brylcreem to his red crown." I reckon someone is showing their age; I haven't heard of that stuff for many a year Wink Who remembers the RAF pilots being called "The Brycreem Boys"? Or the TV jingle "Brylcreem.... A Little Dab'll Do Ya!", a line that was used by Randle McMurphy in 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'? They were the 'good old days'...!

Today's 'Lunch'
... is, I think you will agree, a very strange looking bird, almost pre-historic. It is a male Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leuogaster) - the female looks like an entirely different bird, being brown and white, with a yellow gape (the lip part, behind the beak).

The Violet-backed Starling is a small Starling (7" - 17cm) of both open bush and woodland. It is also known as the Amethyst Starling or Plum-coloured Starling. Flocks of these birds move with the seasons and the fruiting of trees, but often return to the same areas, to breed in tree holes.

So, my image of one on the ground, eating a bug, shows very unusual behaviour...!

Have a Thundering-good Thursday, everyone ...!

Simon

Tags: Starling Male Bird Lunch Eating Kenya Amethyst starling Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy Violet-backed Starling Plum-coloured Starling

Voters: nonur, ugly, CarolG and 29 more

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Comments


nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
29 May 2014 6:07AM
I agree with you, Simon. It's very different and interesting bird. Very well taken.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
29 May 2014 6:22AM
I think he's rather beautiful, Simon, with the most gorgeous colouring in his plumage, another super capture. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
29 May 2014 6:38AM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I'm sure members of the same species consider him beautiful but think us hideous. I think that all creatures are beautiful - except cockroaches!

You have captured the iridescence of the feathers beautifully here, one of the most appealing characteristics of all starlings, and even made the hapless bug lunch look appealing.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
29 May 2014 6:43AM
Starlings are avery adaptable breed......super shot showing all his fabulous colours...we guys now how to strut!!!! WinkGrinGrin
JohnoP 15 2
29 May 2014 7:03AM
You have captured a gem of a bird here Simon with it's stunning amethyst coloured plumage....so lustrous! An opportune moment to capture on the ground as the green vegetation certainly enhances the beautiful colours! A fab image in a nutshell! Smile John p.s. I looked up the female.....such a contrast!
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
29 May 2014 7:21AM

Quote:Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I'm sure members of the same species consider him beautiful but think us hideous. I think that all creatures are beautiful - except cockroaches!

You have captured the iridescence of the feathers beautifully here, one of the most appealing characteristics of all starlings, and even made the hapless bug lunch look appealing.



What more can be said, another stunning bird and one great image Simon

Regards Nathan
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
29 May 2014 7:54AM
He doesn't look too happy with his lunch...
Bit like me when I get spinach with dirt still in it...yukky!!
Gosh 124 already.....
29 May 2014 7:58AM
Beautiful bird Simon, super, well detailed image,
Fred.
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
29 May 2014 7:59AM
Beautiful plumage on this strange looking bird Simon. I always like starlings, such entertaining birds.

Phil.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
29 May 2014 8:50AM
Top class capture Simon. What wonderful colours in this birds plumage.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
29 May 2014 9:04AM
What a beautifully colourful bird, Simon!
Excellent work, as always!!

Richard
29 May 2014 9:13AM
Superb colours on this bird Simon, love the violet colours. I remember the Brycream add, and the name given to the airforce lads too. GrinGrinGrinGrin

Have a great day, summer has gone now from England. !!!!
EMJAYCEE Plus
12 10 10 England
29 May 2014 9:15AM
Yesterday when looking through the window I saw a starling rooting around in the grass -first one I've seen in ages. Not quite as beautiful as your fine fella - this one could really be a show off.Grin
Joan.
29 May 2014 9:34AM
A wonderful bird Simon, what gorgeous colours on its plumage GrinGrin

Kathryn
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
29 May 2014 9:57AM
Yet another bird with very striking plumage. Keep them coming Smile
I can see the similarity in body shape to our own starlings.

Keith
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2014 11:14AM
This one has a double WOW from me for the shiny plummage and lunch showing a decent bug! GrinGrinGrin
IB
Bantu 7 7 1 India
29 May 2014 1:56PM
Beautiful closeup,Simon.

Vikram
Super shotof this beautiful bird,stunning colours and detail.

Bob.
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
29 May 2014 3:26PM
A stunningly handsome bird Simon, great work,

Ali GrinGrin
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
29 May 2014 5:27PM
New to me, Thanks for sharing
29 May 2014 7:58PM
A superb image, Simon. Great detail & plumage.

Fred
29 May 2014 9:38PM
Lovely shot Simon. Love the colours. Cathy
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
30 May 2014 11:52PM
What this bird lacks in looks it sure makes up for in the colour department. The colours in its plumage are fabulous and so eyecatching. A fine shot of a species which I am unfamiliar with

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