For some reason the sunbirds have been rather scarce this season. In fact, I have yet to see, let alone photograph a male of either the Amethyst, the White Bellied or the Collared.
Female Amethyst Sunbird.
Amethyst Sunbird – female
Over the valley
Mum and the kids: Bronze Mannikins.
Fiscal Shrike (female)
Female White Bellied Sunbird among the Cana.
A group of around twenty flew over the property this morning, effortlessly riding thermals while making their way north as part of their annual migration.
It was twenty minutes well spent and worth the slightly stiff neck from looking skyward! In fact they were so high that any decent shots were well nigh impossible for me, even with the camera on full zoom.
But I shall tick it off as another species to grace our spot, and what a treat!
Tawny Flanked Prinia among the reeds in the pond
Female White Bellied Sunbird
Both male and female were busy this morning gathering what looked like nest material, flitting to and from the neighbour’s garden to ours. Here the Missus takes a few seconds breather on one of the bean poles on the far side of the pond.
Bulbul on Variegated Century Cactus(Agave Americana Opal)
The things you see!
Bulbul and the Moon.
Manual. 1/640 sec. ISO100. f/5.3
Cape White Eye in the Palm Tree. Front Garden.
Yellow Flag Iris and Tachanid Fly
Speckled Mousebird in the Acacia Tree.
Pots by the pond
”27 degrees and all the servants I need. For now I’ll just have a snooze.”
Cat and Cactus
Female Amethyst Sunbird visits the Strelizia. You can see the nectar on the end of her beak! Today after lunch.
Male White Bellied Sunbird Preening in the Coral Tree, showing the rarely revealed under wing yellow feathers
Photographed: 15: 44 Back Garden Aujourd’hui.