11 January 2009

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Suzi-k and I were sitting of the our front porch this morning painting some bedside cabinets and and discussing the politics of the nation, when suddenly when she was in mid sentence I leapt up and ran into the house for my camera. Fortunately she is very indulgent about some of my foibles, like photographing birds.

With three cats we do not generally get many birds visiting our garden, but this female Greater Double-Collared Sunbird could not resist the flowers this morning.

It had no sooner arrived when a Cape White Eye joined it. They are both very active birds - they do not sit still for a second, but I did manage to get a few shots before they flew off.

13 comments:

Omah's Helping Hands said...

How wonderful. Beautiful birds. It's great when we get those special chances to see the great wonders! Thanks for sharing.

Kerri said...

Great captures Max!! Glad you ran and got the camera!!

Firefly said...

Wow, what luck. I tried getting photos of the white eyes at Canon Rocks but had no luck. I always love it when birds visit our garden. Since we moved in we have had Burchell's Cougals (sorry, my spelling may be off) also known as a Vlei Loerie nesting close by. You often hear them but whenever I see them I never have my camera on hand.

shabby girl said...

I am a bird person too. I totally "get" jumping up like there's a fire to grab a camera! Aren't they beautiful??? I especially like the sunbird amongst the purple flowers!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Excelent capture Max. Fortunately our partners grow used to this odd behavious from us. LOL!! I have yet to get a decent photograph of a sunbird, They are always so busy flitting around, I always just seem to get blurs. :)

Sarah said...

So pretty! Great shots.

Sarah

Rose said...

Great captures--does that Sunbird go for the nectar? The reason I ask is the long curved beak looks like it was made for it.

Max-e said...

Rose they do eat nectar as well as small insects.

Max-e said...

Joan most of my shots were blurs as well. What I do with these guys is to go to motor drive and shoot away. That is the advantage of digital.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You have got to love its invention!! I used to do slides up to 2 years ago and it was a big change for me going from that to a small digital P&S. When I bought my 400D I had to get used to the weight of that camera again. Motor drive is great sometimes. I took some shots of a small aeroplane flying by and was quite pleased with the results.

Ordinarylife said...

wow, fantastic!

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