The sunbirds have been scarce this year, or I have not been as vigilant.
Here’s a shot from a while back.
White Breasted Sunbird in the Coral Tree.
Once a regular but now an infrequent visitor. In fact, I have only photographed it twice before, so while not a spectacular bird a real treat to see it all the same.
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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)