Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ubiquitous Malachite Sunbird

Although the weather has cooled considerably at night, the days are still a sultry 25•C  and the late afternoons / early evenings are calm and warm. This is when I wield my trusty camera and manage to capture industrious birds hawking before bedtime.

Malachite Sunbird (male) in eclipse plumage
I was using my manual function on the camera so didn't capture the sunbird too clearly - but here he is hawking for his supper
Back on his perch, he swallows his prey
I love this image where you can almost see inside his throat!!

And just as we thought that we only had the Malachite Sunbird in our garden, he dive-bombed another bird in a tree along the driveway. I zoomed in nano-seconds before IT flew away and managed a rather blurry photo. 
White-bellied Sunbird (breeding male)

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Happy Wednesday to you all! 


  1. What a strange bird ! You are lucky we have just 4° this morning !

  2. Two great birds. You seem to be doing a litle more birding now.

  3. Hello Jo, your Sunbird is pretty.. I wish I could hear their song..Great captures. Have a happy day!

  4. I have pretty much conquered manual settings but can't see to use manual focus.

  5. Oh, that is a strange one indeed!!! We're on our way to another mild and beautiful and EARLY spring day!! I love it!!! Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!

  6. That bird has quite the unusual beak! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Got a bit of competition in your yard.

  8. Amazing bird! Great photos!


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