Lady Sunbird

Female Lesser Double-Collared Sunbird 1

Lately we have had many visits from the lovely Lesser Double-Collared Sunbirds, since planting more honeysuckle around the garden.

The other day my husband told me there was a sunbird on the plants on the stoep. I grabbed my trusty Canon and took a few shots before it flew off.

Female Lesser Double-Collared Sunbird 2

I apologise for the poor quality of the photos. It was very much a point and click exercise in the hope I caught something; as you can see from the last photo below.

Yes, the little bird is in there!

Female Lesser Double-Collared Sunbird 3

Looking at my photos later I realised it was a female sunbird.

The funny thing is, both my husband and I were sure it was the male sunbird that we saw, with his bright green iridescent plumage, not the female, with her drab grey-brown.

I scanned my photos carefully, but there was no sign of a male anywhere; only the female.

Just shows how the eye and the mind can play tricks on you!

 

18 thoughts on “Lady Sunbird

  1. Murphy's Law

    She’s beautiful Sci. In the first photo she looks like a perfect statue of herself. So graceful. But alas, I can’t find her in the last photo. I hate to tell you how many times I “thought” I found her, only to realize MY eyes were playing tricks on me! Lol.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you Ginger. πŸ™‚
      I quite often see her in the garden, but only by her movement, as she blends in very well!

      To find her in the last photo, zoom in on the purple hanging basket in the big tree in the background. She is diagonally down to the right (about 4pm) hovering just above the plant, with the grey wall as a background.

      Sorry she is blurry, but I have to reduce the size (and therefore quality) of my photos to load them faster in my blog.

      I hope you find her now! πŸ™‚

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      1. Murphy's Law

        Thanks Sci. That’s one of the areas I had focused on and then immediately dismissed!! You are so right, she truly blends in with your garden. I’m glad they have a safe place to come to. πŸ€—

        I have to clean the hummingbird feeders now and make a new batch of “dinner” for them! Love these little guys. No matter how many feeders I put out, they all argue over the same portal! Hmmmm, a lot like us humans? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        🐾Ginger 🐾

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      2. scifihammy Post author

        Thank you – I’m glad you found her at last. πŸ™‚
        And I love that you have humming birds visit your garden. So funny they all argue over the same place! πŸ˜€

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