Cape Starling, Kruger National Park, South Africa

NOVEMBER 2011 – A Cape Starling (Lamprotornis nitens) has caught a spider at the Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Most of the visitors of the Kruger National Park in South Africa want to see the “Big Five” game – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo. I can understand this, because it is exciting to see these awesome animals in their natural environment and unrestricted by walls or fences.

However, there are many smaller animals that deserve our attention, too. Like this Cape Starling who has caught a spider. I really like the dramatic look of his dark blue feathers with his bright orange eye against the green bushes in the back. The EF 100-400 did a good job focusing on the eye of the bird while blurring the background. Lovely.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time26-NOV-2011, 13:17
LocationKruger National Park, South Africa
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark III
LensCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/320 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3888 x 2592 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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