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Sunny Boy

By ShedMan  
This is an adult male Amethyst (African Black) Sunbird. It's very difficult to get a good shot that shows the colours perfectly and this one doesn't quite manage that, but it does at least show some of the purple shimmering patch on his throat that gives rise to the 'amethyst' in his name. He also has a shimmering green patch on his crown but because of his dark colouring, it's difficult to show all three colours properly exposed. All the same, I was quite pleased with this shot which was taken at close range on macro at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Suehh, PinkK, CarolG and 17 more

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15 Sep 2009 8:53AM
Nice shot - Oops, wrong way up.


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ShedMan 12 3 2 South Africa
15 Sep 2009 9:01AM

Quote: Oops, wrong way up.


It's not the wrong way up, he was perched sideways on the upright stem of the plant, as sunbirds often are. This is a straight crop from a landscape shot exactly as it came off the camera, so no rotation required.

PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2009 9:15AM
A lovely capture, great detail
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
15 Sep 2009 9:19AM
A superb capture, excellent detail. Carol
15 Sep 2009 10:14AM
Great Shot
15 Sep 2009 10:25AM
Good capture,
15 Sep 2009 10:48AM
great detail
janet 15 27 England
15 Sep 2009 11:29AM
A superb capture!

9 10 10 England
15 Sep 2009 12:10PM
A great image.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
15 Sep 2009 3:03PM
A fantastic capture Graeme, so well taken.
shaver 10 8 England
15 Sep 2009 4:13PM
brilliant picture
15 Sep 2009 8:30PM
fine image my friend
16 Sep 2009 2:24AM
I have bookmarked this page so that I can show the family. Great shot and perfect angle.
ShedMan 12 3 2 South Africa
16 Sep 2009 1:04PM

Quote:I have bookmarked this page so that I can show the family.

Thank you, much appreciated.

CherryMartin 10 10 United States
26 Sep 2009 11:51PM
great capture.
23 Oct 2010 9:43PM
very nice pic all that detail with a small bird
artcubis 10 6 United States
23 Oct 2010 10:03PM
Beautiful capture of the amethyst sunbird.
They are like my hummingbirds. I cant see the iridescent colors unless they want to show them to me, which they do, they hover near me in such a way that the sun catches their brilliance.
You are an amazingly talented photographer.

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