Not long and the resident Malachite Sunbird flew into my camera view!
This Sunbird is normally iridescent turquoise during breeding season. This plumage is called eclipse
His tail and bill is ever so long
See the drops of nectar on his bill
I'm linking to Wild Bird Wednesday here
On a very serious note; Ambrose (pictured below) came in today after his normal walk-about in the plot next door with serious injuries to his hind legs. I bathes the wounds with surgical spirits (he growled with pain all the way through) and then applied a very good healing powder. I also gave him 15 drops of calming meds called "Rescue". He's sleeping peacefully now but I cannot touch his lower spine or hindquarters.
We'll be in the city for business tomorrow and will take Ambrose along to the vet. The doctor will be able to examine him closely under light anesthetic to see if anything has been torn or even broken. The latter doesn't seem to be the case as Ambrose jumped off my bed where I'd treated him, walked across the bedroom floor and jumped up onto the chair by the window. This is where he's lying quite comfortably now as far as I can see.
All we can think is that he was caught in the fence palisade or that a dog got hold of him (where, I cannot think as I know all the dogs around and he seems to know - and avoid the dangerous ones - them as well. Somehow he [fortunately] got away.
Ambrose resting after the calming meds but not his normal self at all
As you know, I never post about the cats; that's Ambrose' department. So here's hoping and praying our sweet little kitty will be OK.