After the weekend I decided that I would like to go and see and take some photos of the Rose coloured Starling and perhaps get a little closer. I went back to where he was before and again a small group of people were there, someone had seen him a little earlier so there was a chance we would spot him again. After a little time we were rewarded with a sight of him on a distant bush and for quite some time we could see he moving from bush to hedge and onto the ground so I was able to get some pictures. He wasn’t really close but with my longer focal length lens I was able to get some images that showed the distinctive colouring so I was pleased I went back to see this unusual bird. I kept an eye on the sightings the rest of the week and there was none after the end of the week so I can only assume he moved on.
Rose coloured Starling
The Starling moved farther away so I decided it was time to head back with a little detour to see what else was about, it was getting hot again, so time to go home. I saw a few birds and the Cuckoo was active and I just caught a glimpse of him in the thicket of bushes near the car park.
There were a few butterflies about but still not in great numbers, I’m hoping when I go back next time there will be more.
I came across this flower and bud as I was walking around, the flower was Orchid like and after some research when I got home I found out it was Knapweed Broomrape, a parasitic plant feeding off of the Knapweed flowers that grow on the downs, it is lacking in chlorophyll and very strange looking!