Malachite Sunbird (Nectariana famosa). Fancourt, George, South Africa

Canon EOS  1DX Mark II with Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens.

 ISO 800. 1/2500 sec at f/5. Exposure set manually.  Camera mounted on Gitzo 1548 tripod with Wimberley gimbal head.

The Malachite sunbirds are feeding voraciously on the blooms of the Coastal Coral tree in the garden.  This one perched in a more open position and I rather liked the form of one of the stalks of a dead flower following the arc of the bird’s body and beak. This particular male has not yet got its full breeding plumage.