The Starling (Sturnus Vulgaris) is one of the most common birds in Britain and is more colourful than you think. The plumage is shiny black, glossed purple or green, and spangled with white, particularly strongly so in winter.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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      1. Oh yes, I remember an enormous flock of them murmuring (murmurating?) above Eastbourne pier some years ago. An incredible sight. Though you don’t see their lovely colours and detail from so far.

  1. This is a wonderful shot, but how did you find him? Starlings seem so lacking these days – at least they are in Much Wenlock. I think I’ve seen one in the garden over the last year.

  2. I enlarged this, and enjoyed looking at the fine details, and mixture of colours. A very nice starling indeed, Jude.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

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