Starlings are very underrated birds. From a distance, they can appear to be rather drab and dull. Seen close to, however, they really are extraordinary, with a beautiful irridescent sheen to their plumage.
They are also amazing mimics. The one in the photograph convincingly (and rather confusingly) imitated a level crossing warning, a mobile phone ringtone and a bunch of keys being rattled within the space of a couple of minutes.
A few years back, they really would have been a beautiful everyday sight, but sadly their numbers are declining. So let’s appreciate them whilst we still can.
You can find more (extra)ordinary photographs over on the Daily Post blog.