• Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Taken: 4 February, 2015 07:41
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/800 s
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Taken: 4 February, 2015 07:34
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/500 s
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Taken: 4 February, 2015 07:41
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/800 s

This female Somali starling is in the middle of a morning preening and beauty session on the beautiful Shuab beach of Socotra. Ruffling the feathers and looking around for either her companion or prospects is an important part of the morning ritual – perhaps like we do when looking in a mirror, except its mirror is the response from the males.

Somali starling (Onychognathus blythii)
Reaching for the “grooming kit”.

Somali starling (Onychognathus blythii)
Sitting high on this pedestal it might look like a loud advertisement of how gorgeous she perceives herself – or not?