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Josh Attenborough


Born into a family passionate about wildlife Josh knew from a very young age that he wanted to work in the African bush. He was fortunate enough to spend his school holidays going on annual family trips to the same two destinations – ...

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely blog Josh. Interesting information. We must all stay positive in this difficult times. The sun always shine again.

Ann Richardson Berg
Digital Tracker

Hello Josh, Interesting article you have written about how birds get their colors. Birds are so beautiful! I have seen the beautiful Starling!
Is it alwayes the males who is colourful?

Doug Hammerich
Digital Tracker

What spectacular birds! Thank you.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Thank you Josh. I agree when the sunlight catches the plumage of the starlings the effect is stunning. I always think of the starlings we have in England as being quite nondescript, perhaps we don’t see enough sun here? – or is it just the types you have at Londolozi?

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fascinating- who would have thought diet and physical well-being would contribute to the color and brightness of birds’ feathers. Thank you for this bit of continuing education.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks for that information. We never really thought about how they get their colors! The example you gave about the Burchell’s Starling is perfect and your image showed additional colors that we never noticed! We have tons of photos of them and will see if we can find one with that much detail in perfect lighting. Thanks for the challenge! 😉

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Josh, I saved Bush Shrike, and Great Spotted Cuckoo Chick🤗 to my pictures!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Some beautiful bird images. Interesting facts too. Thanks.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi Josh. What an interesting article. What an intricate and marvellous Designer / Artist made all these magnificent colours! I have always loved and greatly admired the colours on a Starling and could never understand why so many people don’t seem as exuberant about them as I am! We certainly have a fantastic Creator! Wendy M

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Very informative Josh. I have actually wondered why the Cardinal (which are a striking red bird where I live) are sometimes bursting with color and sometimes a little dull, so I loved learning that. We also have a Common Grackle, which has a similar plumage to your Burchell’s Starling – it is spectacular in iridescence in the sunshine. Thanks!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Interesting post!! I’d really like to find out what kind of pigments and iridesense you’d find in the different species of birds of paradise!

Jen Lum
Senior Digital Ranger

While it is a given that Josh Attenborough comes from an amazing nature loving family, his blog today, about the various birds seen out and about at Londolozi birds is a Audubon rarity. – The up-close picture showing the Orange-breasted Bushshrike self expression is just precious! Next in line, the Malachite Kingfisher’s, and the Burchell’s Starling’s colors are just beautiful! Nothing you would see in the U.S.!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Fascinating, and I’ve found the same to be true about perceiving iridescence in birds coloration depending on perspective! Beautiful photography as well!!

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks for the interesting blog Josh

Teresa Willis

Hello Josh

My name is Teresa and I’ve been following the Londolozzi blogs for awhile now.
My family and I were fortunate to stay and visit Londolozzi back in 2010, while attending the World Cup. Our time spent at Londolozzi was the highlight and a trip of a lifetime. Our tracker was Life, Rex was part our group as well. Such memories of the camp and wildlife, still bring me immense joy.

My question is, we saw amazing animals up close but there were some birds that I cannot recall their names! Small, very colorful.
Pink heads that also had various colours of turquoise and shades of blue. Also, some very vibrant birds of mostly blue shades.
Sorry, about my lack of description but I was wondering if you may be able to tell me the names of these beautiful birds.
Thank you for your time!

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