The Cape starling is an attractive but relatively common bird in many parts of Africa. In shadow, the bird is mostly unremarkable, but in the right light, the feathers become iridescent and garishly beautiful. My goal was to capture an unusual image of this pretty animal, so on this trip I tracked many Cape starlings in my viewfinder, but ended up taking only a few images of them. Most of the birds at this watering hole carefully avoided the African Mantis, fearing the deadly raptorial claws that allow the Mantis to prey on much larger animals such as the starling. Here, the bird attacked one of the Mantises claws and quickly flipped the Mantises head into it’s beak, and finished it off. Game over!!