Malachite Sunbird in Breeding Plumage
Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa
) showing off its iridiscent green breeding plumage, Curry’s Post, KZN, South Africa.
© Scotch Macaskill
Camera Gear: Canon EOS 50D; Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM; Focal Length: 400mm; Shutter speed: 1/500; Aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 400
The malachite sunbirds in our garden love feeding on the nectar of aloes in winter, providing some excellent photo opportunities.
The only downside is that they're usually in non-breeding, or "eclipse" plumage, that in-between stage found in birds that do
exhibit a distinct breeding plumage.
However, I was rewarded in spring when a male malachite in its full breeding plumage posed briefly for me on a wild pomegranate.
As can be seen, the sunbird is now entirely iridiscent green except for the blue-black wings and tail.
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