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Well, I didn't expect to see a red=winged starling on Masada. First of all, I didn't know they can be found in Israel. Second, is that I am used to see them in the South African bushveld and not in bleak places like Masada.  This one is a female, with the grey head and scale-like feathers of the chest.

 

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See Tom Wilson's comment and my reply below.

 

 

 

 

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She's very pretty - and posing nicely for you! How wonderful it is to find a piece of "home" when traveling! smile
Louis: Well, I thought it was a piece of "home", but Tom pointed out, that there is a identical looking Tristram's Starling (but a different species to our red-wing starling) living on Masada and similar cliff-like places in the greater region.
Quelle jolie prise, il est magnifique.
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Martine.
Are you sure she wasn't a bronze sculpture, Louis???!!!
Louis: Hah. Not a bronze sculpture, but ... Tom pointed out, that there is a identical looking Tristram's Starling (but a different species to our red-wing starling) living on Masada and similar cliff-like places in the greater region. So, I am surprised again.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Aug 2016, 07:20
and overview over the Masada desert ... No enemy in sight.
Louis: One of the advantages of a vantage point, Philine.
She's thinking, " where are the others, we agreed to flock together".
Louis: Talking about birds of a feather. Tom pointed out, that there is a identical looking Tristram's Starling (but a different species to our red-wing starling) living on Masada and similar cliff-like places in the greater region. So, I am surprised again.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Aug 2016, 07:26
A beautifully posed bird
Louis: Yes, luckily, it sat still for long enough.
  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 1 Aug 2016, 08:01
She is lovely, Louis, as many starling are!
Louis: Tom pointed out, that there is a identical looking Tristram's Starling (but a different species to our red-wing starling) living on Masada and similar cliff-like places in the greater region. So, I am surprised again.
What a great proud poser Louis!
Louis: She is a female - they are natural with posing for cameras, Richard smile
I have never seen one but it certainly identifies as a starling.
Louis: Tom's comment to this posting, surprised me. He pointed out, that there is a identical looking Tristram's Starling (but a different species to our red-wing starling) living on Masada and similar cliff-like places in the greater region.
fine shot, Louis. what a fine profile.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. She is a beauty.
A fine photo of a fine looking bird Louis, and a reminder of home while you were in Israel.
Louis: Tom's comment to this posting, surprised me. He pointed out, that there is a identical looking Tristram's Starling (but a different species to our red-wing starling) living on Masada and similar cliff-like places in the greater region.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands.. just below sealevel.
  • 1 Aug 2016, 13:58
This is a real poser. Love the way she stands tall and gives you the eye smile
Great POV.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. I had to use the zoom lens.
But well preened like all the best Ladies.
Louis: Very much so, thanks Martin.
She looks very alert Louis. A handsome bird
Louis: Starlings in general, are alert, yes. Thank you Bill.
Not a bird I've ever seen - checked my big reference book and found, instead "Tristram's grackle", which I then compared with the "Red-winged starling" - and they do look pretty identical, but the grackle is found in Israel and the red-winged isn't smile In fact, Wikipedia has a picture of the grackle taken at Masada! There's a coincidence for you - and you've actually seen a new bird smile
Louis: Thank you Tom. The description "The males have glossy iridescent black plumage with orange patches on the outer wing, which are particularly noticeable in flight. The bill and legs are black. Females and young birds are similar but duller and with a greyish head, lacking the plumage gloss" in your Wiki reference matches the Red-winged starling to a T. Compare the pics in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-winged_starling to those in your Wiki reference for the Tristram. In looks, there is no difference. So why a different bird? The only difference comes from my own comment with the posting. The Tristram nests in these bleak places (against cliffs), while the Red-wing is a bushveld bird. Thanks again - indeed a new bird!
PS to the last: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristram%27s_starling
A well-traveled bird...
Louis: So they seem to be, Larry.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 2 Aug 2016, 01:46
Perfectly captured.
Louis: Thank you Beth
he's a proud thing Louis... great portrait of it....petersmile
Louis: They are not shy - typical starlings. Thanks, peter.

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