Purple Sunbird

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    My first shot of this rather tiny (10 cms.) Sunbird. This is a male as distinguished by its glossy metallic purplish black colour on the upper parts and dark brown on the wings. The males appear all black except in some lighting when the purple iridescence becomes visible. Females are olive above and yellowish below. These birds are very vociferous and will join to mob predators. They have a fast and direct flight and can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird but often perch at the base of flowers as seen clearly in this shot.

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    1. SivamDesign 71 months ago | reply

      Thank you Richard, Gillie, Anthony, Susanah and Vjdj!

    2. ivlys 71 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot, Sandeep,
      wonderfully taken!

    3. Kapaliadiyar 71 months ago | reply

      Wonderful Capture !!

    4. SivamDesign 71 months ago | reply

      Thank you Sylvia and Kapaliadiyar!

    5. gwhiteway 71 months ago | reply

      Excellent capture!

    6. wmlub 71 months ago | reply

      Well done.

    7. aeschylus18917 71 months ago | reply

      An especially nice shot!

    8. SivamDesign 71 months ago | reply

      Thank you Geoff, Bill, Hasheed and Daniel!

    9. 33RW 71 months ago | reply

      Great shot!

    10. njchow82 71 months ago | reply

      wonderful shot---you captured wonderful details on a dark subject----beautiful setting

    11. fazer53 71 months ago | reply

      This is a beautiful capture and a beautiful bird but I bet it is hard to get a good exposure sometimes of this bird !!

    12. SivamDesign 71 months ago | reply

      Thank you Ray, Nancy and Floyd!

    13. Gurusan2010 71 months ago | reply

      Amazing catch !!

    14. John W Walton 71 months ago | reply

      That's a super first Sandeep! Well taken

    15. SivamDesign 71 months ago | reply

      Thank you Guru and John!

    16. nancylynnfree 71 months ago | reply

      What a gloriously colored bird in the light and sleek handsome form! I see once again you have posted many extraordinary Bird photographs. I took a quick tour and will be back soon --- I've finally gotten my own camera repaired and now have Flickr foto fever again. (-: Hope all is well with you and yours!

    17. SivamDesign 71 months ago | reply

      Thank you Nancy and welcome back!

    18. Paddu Rao 71 months ago | reply

      Busy drinking !

    19. SivamDesign 71 months ago | reply

      Thank you Paddu!

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