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I love these little birds which are also called the Scaly Breasted Mannikin (or Munia) and I had one pass through my garden (in Shanghai) a month earlier (they are native to Asia).
I saw the very closely related White Rumped Munia (or Mannikin) for the first time in Wulingyuan, Hunan, China about a month ago when a pair alighted less than a metre from my face whilst I was stalking a Forktail. Delightful experience but too close for the 500mm - not that I could move an inch anyway !
Most people don't realise how tiny these finches are (thumb sized, ca. 10-12cm) ! I guess your first shot is 3 or 4 times life-size !
All beautiful shots but #1 is just superb !!
Thanks for your kind words These little cute birds visit my backyard regularly. When I saw the first one in 2005 I thought "What in the H is this?" Now they are very common. They seem to be happy birds from what I see. Never fighting for food and always willing to share with the others