Defender of the tiny
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.
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.
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!
But how magnificent he is when perched in full sunlight!