Olive-backed Sunbird taking nectar from heliconia flower

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“I have been informed about the blooming of Tiger Orchids in a friend’s garden 2 days ago. Took a peek at the flowers yesterday afternoon but lighting was not good, so I went back to his garden this morning. As I moved closer to look at the flower, an Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) flew in and perched on a Heliconia bract to feed on the nectar. It was so sudden, I only had my wide-angle lens attached to the DSLR body. My 300mm lens is still in my bag next to me. I keep observing the bird and amazed by the beautiful colors. After 30 seconds of admiring at the bird, I decided to change the lens. It was still around when I finally got the telephoto attached to the camera body. Took couple of shots but 90% blur due to hand shake. Oh well, better luck next time!”

Cheong Weng Chun
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
23rd November 2011

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