Sparky the Squirrel tucks into a lovely loquat, while sitting in the apple tree.
Sparky does not stand on ceremony. What he wants, he takes. Here he is in the apple tree, casually leaning over to pluck the fruit from the neighbouring loquat tree.
Everybody’s favourite tree in early summer, our loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is very busy. Many different birds come to feast on the ripe fruit, which is a little like a small apricot. Even though there is plenty for everyone, some still want the tree all to themselves and squabbles are not uncommon.
Here are some Cape White Eye having a feast. They are tiny little birds and it’s difficult to capture them as they flit around and are never still for a moment.
You can see from the photo just how tiny these birds are; barely bigger than the fruit they are enjoying.
As it’s very hard to see them, I just point my camera in the general direction of the rustling of the leaves and the sound of their peeping and hope for the best!
All these photos were taken through my window, which explains the cloudiness.