Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Metallic Starling

Some time ago my family in Australian and myself made a visit to the Port Douglas, Queensland and when staying with friends I spied all these Metallic Starling coming to this bird bath for a drink.  I had never seen as many together before.  I have posted about these birds before both with information, photographs and video regarding their breeding and perhaps some of you may not have seen that.  If you CLICK HERE you can access that post.







I hope you enjoyed seeing these birds.

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37 comments:

  1. Danke für so wundervolle Bilder
    LG vom katerchen

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  2. These are very different from the European Starling we are used to seeing. Those eyes are quite distinctive--almost eerie. Obviously, they are communal birds!

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  3. Beautiful birds and amazing to see so many of them together at the water. A very tropical look to the surrounding vegetation too.

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  4. Aren't they stunning? Bronzed statues by the world's most skilled sculptor couldn't adorn a water feature any better.

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  5. interesting Margaret; I hadn't even heard of them before, let alone see them; thanks for sharing; great photos and what a wonderful opportunity for you to capture them. You wouldn't have wanted to be up at Port Douglas earlier this week with the cyclonic conditions

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    1. HI Carole. Your are right, Port Douglas, not a place to be recently. Glad you liked this. Comical little bird and thanks for comment.

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  6. Oh wow, great shots of these beautiful starlings. I love their eyes. Wonderful post, Margaret!

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  7. Gorgeous looking Margaret. They look so different from the Texas starling! Lovely share

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  8. Oh My Goodness Margaret they don't look real, they are so magnificent, very wonderful share!

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  9. Such interesting birds with their shiny colorful feathers and those red eyes. Scary too.

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  10. They have such a pretty greenish sheen to them, don't they! Love seeing them gathered at the water hole. :-)

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  11. These pictures go beyond photography ... this is art at it's best. Everything about them is beautiful. The moment, the comradery, the colors, the peaceful shadowy milieu. I love these, Margaret ... there is just something about them that grabs me. Thank you :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  12. Oh yes, the Aussies always got it really great, love them, and their Starlings.

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  13. What strange birds;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  14. Gorgeous birds Margaret!
    To see so many at water basin must mean it was quite warm then!
    I just read you have a daughter in Australia!
    Funny.... we have our eldest son living now in Brisbane!
    Can't wait to join him and his family!
    Thanks for sharing this post!

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  15. eye popping....they don't look real!!

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  16. These are pretty birds.I like that red eye.

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  17. Hi Margaret!
    These birds are very beautiful.
    I see them for the first time.
    Happy Easter.
    Lucia

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  18. you have some great shots. i enjoyed seeing them around the birdbath... our grackles have that iridescent color to them as well. but, their eyes are black instead of red... hope all is well. have a great day~

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  19. almost forgot... our starlings have speckles on their bodies. quite a pretty bird...

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    1. HI Do you mean you have the European Starling? That is the same on as mine in Northern Ireland where I live but the metallic Starlings are in Australia. My daughter lives there and so I have photographed there many times and every Wednesday I try to feature an Australia bird. Thanks you for comment and also on my last post on B.Guillemmots.

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  20. Gorgeous birds. The red eyes really stand out.

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  21. What a sight! We do not have the Metallic ones, and I have also never heard of them. I guess ours are just regular. I love their red eyes!

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  22. HI Ginny I think you might have the European Starlings. Thanks for comment.

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  23. Wow they are shiny and lovely. Metallic is the perfect name for them. They almost look like a sculpture around the fountain/bird bath.

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  24. They are beautiful birds! I thought there was only one kind of starling, the pesky ones we have here. Yours are really colorful and those red eyes are amazing. Great photos!

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  25. Good capture of the iridescence of the feathers.

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  26. I very much enjoyed your wonderful photos of this beautiful bird. The eyes are amazing.

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  27. We have a lot of starlings here in New Zealand but they are bigger and don't have those spooky red eyes! Your captures are wonderful!

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  28. Great photos! Such elegant sleek--looking birds with striking red eyes, gathering around the fountain. We have lots of plain black starlings around our ranch.

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  29. A wreath of Starlings. How neat. MB

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  30. That's alot of Starlings at the Birdbath.... We have a couple of Starlings here --but not many. They can take over the bird feeder area if there are many of them... So---I'm happy just with my TWO... ha

    Great photos.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  31. They're a lovely bird, a really pretty starling Margaret. Great pictures!

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  32. These are quite different from the starlings we have here. They are beautiful with their red eyes. Yes, I enjoyed seeing them, very much.

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