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Superb Starlings in flight near Lions Bluff Lodge/ Kenya

DreifarbenglanzstarThe waterhole at the Salt Lick Lodge attracts an impressive number and diversity of animals and birds. Nevertheless, we do not last long in the lounge area within the lodge. A little later we move in the afternoon heat again. Many other tourists also go to Lions Rock. There are few alternatives. “Feeding forbidden“ a sign says just 100 yards behind the Salt Lick Lodge. A little later, I see why. Superb Starlings are fed from the tourist bus directly from the dirt track. One of the drivers in front of us picks up peanuts and the Superb Starlings (Lamprotornis superbus) pick them in his hand while flying. I hate that – and it’s even prohibited by the sign. Nevertheless, I cannot help but photograph the fluttering right in front of the driver’s door. The word “fluttering flight” does not adequately reflect the perfect aerial acrobatics. The birds have an impressive ability to fly on the spot quickly and at the same time a little later. The elegant standing in the air must be seen. I do not trust this for these compact birds. The blue-violet shines in the sun in ever new variations and the black wing linings on the wings really dance during the upswing and downswing of the wings. Sometimes you can even see the light brown belly with the white chest band. Especially the white eye stands out despite the rapid action. Of course, that does not happen without screaming and constant calling. With wide open beaks, the Superb Starlings try to scare each other off the much anticipated food source. A Northern White-Crowned Shrike Continue reading Superb Starlings in flight near Lions Bluff Lodge/ Kenya