Sunbird Defender

Male Sunbird 1

Haiku 227

Valiant Sunbird

Defender of the tiny

Mighty nonetheless

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Female and Male Sunbird 2

The female Sunbird has dull grey plumage and is difficult to spot. Above, she is feeding from the yellow honeysuckle in the bottom left of the photo, while the male flies off, in the top right.

Male Sunbird 3 – Dark

The male Lesser Double-Collared Sunbird perches above the female on the newly-awakened grape vines, keeping a lookout while she is feeding. He appears dark grey in this photo, as it is only the bright sunlight reflecting off his feathers that makes them iridesce, and the angle is wrong here.

Male Sunbird 4 – Hidden

They are tiny birds, with a very high pitched twitter. I constantly hear the male defending his territory, and his female, from other males.

The male can also be hard to spot, especially when he hides behind the leaves as above!

Male Sunbird 5

But how magnificent he is when perched in full sunlight!

 

18 thoughts on “Sunbird Defender

  1. ulli

    While here nature has strong colours you’re living in the spring with it’s pastel colours. Wonderful, Scifi, you’re living in paradise πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Most likely – but I don’t have one! πŸ˜€
      Also, I’d have to sit with it ready all the time – in the hope of catching a fleeting glimpse of these tiny birds! πŸ˜€

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