Little Cape White Eye
Blending in the setting sun
While I was sitting outside under the Eugenia tree late one afternoon having a cup of tea, I heard a commotion going on in the yellow honeysuckle. There was a lot of twittering and the branches were shaking as birds flitted about. I grabbed my camera to take a few shots.
My little Canon camera does not do too well in low light, which explains the lack of clarity, but you can still distinguish the birds.
I could see a male Sunbird sipping nectar from the flowers and assumed the bird with him was the female. The Sunbird’s iridescent colours were not showing in this light and he appeared dark, until sunlight caught his feathers.
It was only later, on looking at the photos, that I realised the bird keeping watch above him from the grape vines was this little Cape White Eye.
The tiles on the roof are actually a brick red (or they were at one time!) but appear yellow, because the lengthening rays of the early evening sun cast this gorgeous glow.
You can see this effect, as well as both birds, in the photo below.
Well, nothing earth-shattering. Just a moment captured in time and a glimpse into the wonderful nature here in my own back garden.