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Catching a few rays...

By ShedMan  
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.

Tags: Close-up and macro Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: jayjay52, MaryMac, CarolG and 19 more


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MaryMac Plus
10 258 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2009 5:28AM
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 Plus
9 192 18 Greece
18 Jun 2009 5:51AM
A superb capture, stunning colour on these enchanting little birds. Carol
18 Jun 2009 6:11AM
Beautiful image wonderful detail and colours
Alexa
ShedMan Plus
10 3 2 South Africa
18 Jun 2009 6:13AM

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 11 340 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2009 6:44AM
Love the way the sun is showing off the colours in his feathers, lovely shot of this birdSmile

Charlotte
18 Jun 2009 7:18AM
Like the colours nice pose.
Malc.
WOW.
Scott
18 Jun 2009 8:02AM
Great shot,
Alan
Brilliant shot.
Dave
18 Jun 2009 8:13AM
Great shot
redshank 6 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2009 8:17AM
Great image
Bob_V Plus
8 1 2 United States
18 Jun 2009 3:43PM
A brilliant capture, such a beautiful bird.
Bob
Wow what a shoot,where u been my friend
janet 13 27 England
19 Jun 2009 3:03PM
Well captured! Thanks for sharing.

Janet.
awsome colors dude
you got the best bird pics

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