As winter approaches and the Aloes are in full bloom the sunbirds appear in our garden.
These gorgeous little birds are shy and elusive, but by no means quiet! Which is just as well because without their loud chirping chances are I would never be aware they were in the garden.
Patience, a strong lens and a fairly steady hand, coupled with a large dollop of good fortune and now and then one gets lucky – as I did this afternoon.
Although their striking neck and head colours are not so obvious in the first three shots, the last one gives some indication of the iridescent patches of colour this beautiful little bird has.