March 05, 2009
Orange-breasted sunbird – Flickr pic of the day
Alex says, “I am a keen bird, flower and landscape photographer, which stems from my passion for the mountains around Cape Town and the many hours I spend hiking and climbing in them. I often take one of my cameras on hikes in case a suitable photo opportunity presents itself.
“Last Saturday my wife Colleen, also a keen photographer, suggested we go to Kirstenbosch as we only had an hour or two available. I have only ever seen sunbirds of the double-collared variety there and never an orange-breasted sunbird. Last Saturday was the exception as there were dozens of them around and I was really lucky to capture a few on camera,” he continues.
Kirstenbosch was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004 – the first botanical garden in the world to receive this honour.
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Image © Alex Bond-Smith 2009