Thursday, 12 June 2003

Rose-Coloured Starling

On Wednesday 11 June, the World Land Trust Board of Trustees met for the Annual General Meeting of the Trust. But before the meeting started two of the Trustees, Prof. Renton Righelato and Dr Nigel Simpson went to Minsmere for a couple of hours birdwatching. On their way back to the meeting they saw on a telephone wire en route to Westleton, one of the most spectacular birds to visit Britain -- a Rose Coloured Starling. A quick check with the RSPB's Warden of Minsmere revealed that no one else had seen the bird so far.

Rose Coloured Starling breed in India and other parts of Asia, as well as Eastern Europe. Their plumage is a beautiful rosy pink, contrasting with glossy black. Nigel Simpson managed to snap a photograph by using his digital camera down his binoculars -- not the perfect way of photgraphing, but a good picture nonetheless. No doubt scores of twitchers will now descend.

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