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Marico Sunbird female - Agility and Dexterity A female Marico Sunbird leans from a dried branch in order to reach a pool of water. <br />
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This is a typical African bushveld photograph, dull in color and basically lacking it as a whole.  There is a good reason for this.  To blend in with one&#039;s surroundings makes one invisible in many ways.  Camouflage.  A critical tool in survival and existence. <br />
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This specific female is driven by thirst, that she will literally hang upside down, clinging on with only claw and foot, in order to quench her thirst.  And it is this desire for life that is beautiful ... dull in color or not.  Cinnyris mariquensis,Geotagged,Marico sunbird,Namibia,Spring,agile,avian,beautiful,bird,brown,dexterity,drink,dull,quench,thirst,water Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Marico Sunbird female - Agility and Dexterity

A female Marico Sunbird leans from a dried branch in order to reach a pool of water.

This is a typical African bushveld photograph, dull in color and basically lacking it as a whole. There is a good reason for this. To blend in with one's surroundings makes one invisible in many ways. Camouflage. A critical tool in survival and existence.

This specific female is driven by thirst, that she will literally hang upside down, clinging on with only claw and foot, in order to quench her thirst. And it is this desire for life that is beautiful ... dull in color or not.

    comments (8)

  1. What an acrobat it is. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Absolutely ... maybe that explains why they are such quick little flyers (and also why they don't hit any branches or twigs while in flight). Thanks for commenting. Posted 4 years ago
  2. I've experienced sunbirds as very hard to get close to and very fast to freeze properly in a photo. You got close, froze it, and in a spectacular position. Incredible! Posted 4 years ago
    1. +1 sunbirds are usually a persute of annoyance and missed shots for me, so stunning job! Bravo! :) Posted 4 years ago
      1. Thanks a lot John, very flattering words that are highly appreciated. Cheers. Posted 4 years ago
    2. Well, thank you very much. Greatly appreciated words. Really appreciate it. Posted 4 years ago
  3. lovely shot! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thank you very much Karthik. Posted 4 years ago

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The Marico sunbird or Mariqua sunbird is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family.
It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Living Wild
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Uploaded Apr 7, 2015. Captured Sep 26, 2014 11:26 in D2874, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/6.3
  • 1/256s
  • ISO100
  • 403mm