Yellow Sunbird 6th January 2016

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
  • 2016:01:06 20:52:48
  • 0.003 s (1/350) (1/350)
  • f/6.7
  • 400
  • 2015:12:30 08:17:52
  • 6.00m
  • No
  • 400.00 (400/1)

Shot Notes

This is a female Yellow-bellied / olive-backed sunbird. The male bird has an amazing metallic looking blue-black throat. They are similar to hummingbirds, nectar feeding on the wing and plucking spiders from webs. It is a pity she did not give our van the once over as she would have found a particularly fat, hairy, spider to eat. Instead it was left for us to discover one night after we had got into bed and were about to turn out the lights. After failing to persuade the giant insect to leave, it was unfortunately necessary to dispatch the creature with an axe.

2 Responses to “Yellow Sunbird”

  1. 1

    The bird is brilliant in many ways. Nice picture. Did you determine the breed of spider?

  2. 2
    Jason Benz:

    Thanks, I looked through a book on spiders but could not find one that matched my memory. Getting a photo for google comparison was not high on my agenda at the time.

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