Thursday, May 29, 2008

Orange-Bellied Flowerpecker

I have taken to carrying my camera with me in a backpack when I go for my morning walks. I have lost count of the sightings of birds, snakes and butterflies that I have missed. This morning an Orange-bellied Flowerpecker plonk itself not far from me and I was thrilled to be able to photograph it.If you don't know flowerpeckers are tiny birds that dart around the forest trees with lightning speed. Because they move rapidly and are solitary birds, they are difficult to spot and photograph. This handsome male sat atop of a melastoma plant just long enough for me to get a couple of shots but I had no time to approach it. Other people approaching from the opposite direction scared it away.

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