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Ever since I got my DSLR I've been wanting to get a good shot of a sunbird, so on Monday we went to Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens near Johannesburg where several species are in abundance this time of year.

Knowing they feed on nectar, we went to the rockery where the aloe plants are in full bloom in winter and we could hear sunbirds everywhere. With a bit of patience I managed to get some good shots. This is the cream of the crop, a male White Bellied Sunbird who came and sat on a branch right in front of me.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 70-300 APO DG
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Catching a few rays...
Username:ShedMan ShedMan
Uploaded:18 Jun 2009 - 5:22 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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MaryMac
MaryMac e2 Member 8258 forum postsMaryMac vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2009 - 5:28 AM

Nice capture they are such beautiful birds to see I have a breeding pair in my garden at the moment they like to eat the lavender plants
Chilly today in Joburg isnt it !
Mary

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2009 - 5:51 AM

A superb capture, stunning colour on these enchanting little birds. Carol

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shandoor
shandoor e2 Member 5shandoor vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2009 - 6:11 AM

Beautiful image wonderful detail and colours
Alexa

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ShedMan
ShedMan e2 Member 9ShedMan vcard South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2009 - 6:13 AM


Quote: Nice capture they are such beautiful birds to see I have a breeding pair in my garden at the moment they like to eat the lavender plants
Chilly today in Joburg isnt it !
Mary

Yes, chilly indeed, but I'm from Scotland originally so this is like a summer day for me!

Sadly, we haven't managed to attract sunbirds to our garden yet, even though we've planted plants that should attract them. However, being only 9km away from WSBG, I can go and photograph them any time.

Thanks for your comments.

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deavilin
deavilin e2 Member 10339 forum postsdeavilin vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2009 - 6:44 AM

Love the way the sun is showing off the colours in his feathers, lovely shot of this birdSmile

Charlotte

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kingfisher121
kingfisher121 e2 Member 7kingfisher121 vcard United Kingdom
18 Jun 2009 - 7:18 AM

Like the colours nice pose.
Malc.

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motorsportpictures
motorsportpictures e2 Member 6289 forum postsmotorsportpictures vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2009 - 7:26 AM

WOW.
Scott

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13333 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2009 - 8:02 AM

Great shot,
Alan

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM e2 Member 6BERTRAM vcard United Kingdom
18 Jun 2009 - 8:10 AM

Brilliant shot.
Dave

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Dorothea
Dorothea e2 Member 9Dorothea vcard United Kingdom
18 Jun 2009 - 8:13 AM

Great shot

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redshank
redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2009 - 8:17 AM

Great image

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Bob_V
Bob_V e2 Member 7Bob_V vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2009 - 3:43 PM

A brilliant capture, such a beautiful bird.
Bob

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maratsuikka
19 Jun 2009 - 7:19 AM

Wow what a shoot,where u been my friend

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janet
janet e2 Member 1227 forum postsjanet vcard England
19 Jun 2009 - 3:03 PM

Well captured! Thanks for sharing.

Janet.

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jammbulator
jammbulator e2 Member 4jammbulator vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2010 - 9:46 PM

awsome colors dude
you got the best bird pics

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