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Following on from the picture uploaded before this: sunbirds are Africa and Asia's answer to the hummingbirds of the Americas, both families being distantly related. While they are partial to the occasional insect, they primarily feed on nectar by way of spender bill and even more slender and elongated tongue, yet another example of Mother Nature's wonderfully elegant yet practical design.
While the females of the species are of course beautiful in their own right, it is the male of each sunbird species who is adorned with a mixture of iridescent feathers that, when lit, transform them into exquisitely colourful flying gems.
The specie you see here is a magnificent (male) Scarlet-Chested Sunbird that I spent more than a few hours with over the course of a couple of days while standing in the car park of one of the camps I stayed at in Kruger National Park, South Africa, in 2011 …...... and in case the South African police officer who should have been patrolling the park itself, yet felt compelled to return two days in a row to the car park of our camp and threaten to arrest me if I didn't get out of the road (which happened to be the best spot to photograph this delightful little sunbird!) happens to be looking at this, well, let's be magnanimous and say: I'm sure you thought you were doing the right thing ;^)
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May 17th, 2013
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