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Mrs Yellow Bellied Sunbird and Mrs Figbird.

The sunbirds love the sprinklers and come for a shower. The female lacks the purple/blue irridescent breatplate of the male. If you're lucky they will build a grass lantern shaped nest on/around a lace or piece of string suspended from the eaves of the house.

Need to work on my backgrounds I know.

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Sep 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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Very nice work Andy! The Figbird seems to have a specialized beak. I hate to ask the obvious but is that really an adaptation for eating figs?

Tim



Sep 11, 2013 at 01:09 PM
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Another great set Andy, well done!
David



Sep 11, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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Beautiful birds, Andy. I had the same reaction as TIm...the beak on the sunbird is really striking, almost like a bee-eater.

Greg



Sep 11, 2013 at 08:58 PM
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Tim Kuhn wrote:
Very nice work Andy! The Figbird seems to have a specialized beak. I hate to ask the obvious but is that really an adaptation for eating figs?

Tim


Thanks Tim. The figbird is #4 yes ?

#1 to #3 is the sunbird which is a nectar feeder like a hummer and has a long tongue to stick in flowers. It does hover when feeding but I don't think it's wing speed is fast enough to allow it to hover for too long so prefers to perch.

The figbirds eat any type of fruit or berry as far as I'm aware. The flying foxes (fruit bats) love figs too, a sure fire way of having lots of noisy 1m wingspan critters screeching and arguing over them outside your house at 2am so not recommended by locals !

Andy



Sep 11, 2013 at 09:19 PM
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Plinian wrote:
Beautiful birds, Andy. I had the same reaction as TIm...the beak on the sunbird is really striking, almost like a bee-eater.

Greg


Thanks Greg, see reply to Tim above.



Sep 11, 2013 at 09:21 PM
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David Leask wrote:
Another great set Andy, well done!
David


Thanks David. I don't have a car at the mo so I have to take what I can get which isn't too bad here.



Sep 11, 2013 at 09:23 PM
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Good looking set Andy. Those sunbirds sure are pretty.


Sep 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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nicely done Andy


Sep 12, 2013 at 12:17 AM
 

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Thanks Kevin (?). The male is even more impressive, here is an old pic of a male.




Sep 12, 2013 at 12:26 AM
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Wonderful set Andy! The sunbird is beautiful and the male is stunning. Great set.

Birdie



Sep 12, 2013 at 12:31 AM
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Very nice Andy. It's 3 for me ~ Ron


Sep 12, 2013 at 01:03 AM
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The sunbirds, your hummingbird wannabees are awesome. I have taken some in S. Africa and in fact before I knew, I thought they were hummers....doh! Beautiful Andy
Eric



Sep 12, 2013 at 02:15 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · More from the garden


i've actually seen this bird on both of my trips to oz. the first time i was like "what the hell is that cool little bird?!?!?!"

these are some nice shots andy. figbird is cool as well, although i haven't seen that one.

dorian



Sep 12, 2013 at 02:41 AM
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Thanks chaps (unisex english) !


Sep 12, 2013 at 06:44 AM
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Nice shots Andy.
Liked the beak too.

Phoo



Sep 12, 2013 at 08:18 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · More from the garden


Andy,
Nice set,
Three is my pick. Such a beautiful bird.
BeeBalm



Sep 12, 2013 at 08:40 PM





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