Friday, February 01, 2008

Superb Starling

Saw this starling while on safari in the Maasai Mara. It's official name is superb starling. It's definitely a lot nicer looking than starlings we get around here in New England.

It's a bit hard to make out in this picture (as usual you can click on it for a larger view), but the bush the starling was on had huge thorns. It's actually a pretty common bush in the area. The Maasai people often use bundles and piles of these thorny branches to create fences in their villages. The thorns help keep predators away and keep the domesticated animals from trying to escape.