Sunday, July 21, 2013

Surprisingly Colourful/Birding

 Starling with feather

European starlings are often disliked birds, nevertheless in bright light their colours are dazzling - a shiny purple and green, not simply black as they appear from a distance.

Perhaps this starling was trying to "feather its nest."

Side view

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28 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Pretty shots, they are colorful when the light hits them just right! Happy Sunday to you!

Sandra said...

his colors are amazing and i got a good chuckle from a bird carrying the feather of a much bigger bird.. and i am taking bets he is feathering his nest... love bothof these

Gary said...

The feather is almost bigger than he is!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Anni said...

They may be a very abundant and invasive bird through some eyes...but I think they're gorgeous. As you say the iridescence is phenomenal. Love these images you've shown. Nature at its finest.

Gregory Urbano said...

Maybe he was dusting!

rainfield61 said...

It is very busy.

TexWisGirl said...

they are remarkable in their 'sheen'. :)

Kate said...

Starlings are not my favorites either.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW! Yes,they are really very pretty.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I've always enjoyed their feather patterns.

Small City Scenes said...

Starlings are not the most favored bird but they are living creatures and they are very shiny.

Jill said...

These are terrific shots showing that they too, have beauty!

RedPat said...

They really are beautiful in the sunshine!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The starlings are a nuisance, but I have to admit that they are pretty birds!

Kay said...

I'm afraid I'm not a fan, pretty as they may be. They can be so noisy and raucous and they've made a mess coming and going from nests they make in our shop building. And I can't help but think they make life harder for smaller songbirds.

Michelle said...

Those feathers capture the light so well!

Randy said...

You can't miss those colors.

Stephanie said...

The feather colors are awesome.

Karen said...

Starling plumage is amazing when captured in the right light! And you got it in the right light!

see you there! said...

You caught the color so well. Wonder what the bird was doing with the feather.

Darla

Rebecca said...

They eat a lot of insects too!

Lowell said...

Well done! The colors just pop! I think you're right; this one's about feather his/her nest!

llandudnopictures said...

Very colourful, that bird has a proper mouthful there!

Giga said...

Zgadza się, pióra szpaka oświetlone słońcem mają śliczne kolory. Pozdrawiam.
That's right, the sun lit up the starling feathers are beautiful colors. Yours.

NatureFootstep said...

what a catch. For you and the starling. :)

Ken Schneider said...

I agree-- we tend not to appreciate the beauty in the commonplace. You captured the iridescence of their feathers so nicely!

Sue said...

You're right. I love those colors, and they are surprising.

I like the name, too. Starling. It's beautiful, isn't it?

=)

edenhills said...

Great captures! I love that purple sheen.

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