Cinnyris talatala or Nectarinia talatala
Being completely happy with photographing the Coral Tree alone, I was more than pleasantly surprised and pleased when this little White-breasted Sunbird popped along for a quick visit.
And I mean quick!
He was flitting around quite a bit – often hiding from my view behind the bright red flowers. I did manage to catch him a couple of times – although the exposure leaves a lot to be desired.
The Coral Tree appears to be a favourite for the sunbirds; their long, thin beaks can reach the nectar at the base of the tubular petals. If the petals haven’t opened up – they quite simply puncture a hole and get down to business unhindered 🙂
Loskop Dam – August, 2011