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Greater Double-collared Sunbird

Greater Double-collared Sunbird
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5086 W: 166 N: 13016] (48472)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-15 12:18
Viewed: 5605
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A photo from exactly three years ago when I was in the Tsitsikamma NP in South Africa.

The Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Cinnyris afer (formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia), is a small passerine bird which breeds in southern South Africa. It is mainly resident, but partially migratory in the northeast of its range. The subspecies C. a. stuhlmanni and C. a. prigoginei are sometimes split as Stuhlmann's Sunbird, Cinnyris stuhlmann, and Prigogine's Sunbird, Cinnyris prigoginei respectivel.

This sunbird is common in gardens, fynbos, forest edges and coastal scrub. The Greater Double-collared Sunbird breeds all year round, with a peak from July to November. The closed oval nest is constructed from grass, lichen and other plant material, bound together with spider webs. It has a side entrance which sometimes has a porch, and is lined with feathers.

The Greater Double-collared Sunbird is 14 cm long. The adult male has a glossy, metallic green head, throat upper breast and back. It has a broad brilliant red band across the chest, separated from the green breast by a narrow metallic blue band. The rest of the underparts are pale grey. When displaying, yellow feather tufts can be seen on the shoulders. As with other sunbirds the bill is long and decurved. The bill, legs and feet are black. The eye is dark brown. The male can be distinguished from the similar Lesser Double-collared Sunbird by the latter’s smaller size, narrower red chest band and shorter bill.

The Southern Double-collared Sunbird is usually seen singly or in pairss. Its flight is fast and direct on short wings. It lives mainly on nectar from flowers, but takes some fruit, and, especially when feeding young, insects and spiders. It has the habit of hovering in front of webs to extract spiders. It can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perches to feed most of the time.

The call is a hard chut-chut-chut, and the song is a high pitched jumble of tweets and twitters, richer than the calls of the Southern Double Collard Sunbird.
(Source Wikipedia)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-15 12:28]

Hi Peter . Once again you have a bird i not seen even in a book. It looks as if its been painted with its bright red and green head, Good detail and a nice pose with the head turned to one side. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-15 12:47]

Merhaba Peter,
Bu tür kuşları bizim ülkemizde göremiyoruz. Ancak sizlerin emeğiyle varlıklarından ve güzelliklerinden haberdar olabiliyoruz. Bu da diğer çalışmalarınızda olduğu gibi oldukça gözalıcı bir çalışma olmuş. Emeğinize sağlık.

Hi Peter,

Well done on capturing this bird. They are usually pretty fast going from flower to flower.

Hello Peter,

Very good pose and a beautiful bird.
Nicely the out the middle.


Hi Peter,
This is amazing beautiful, like a famous painting. superb coloration, great POV and composition. sharp details of focus also great. Danke. Gutten nicht.

Hi friend Peter,
A lovely and splendid shot of this beautiful Greater Double-collared Sunbird my friend. Great details and POV. TFS.


Hello Peter
This is an amazing bird and one I had no idea existed..It seems like a cross between a humming bird and maybe a curlew.....Perhaps its not as sharp as you would have preferred but takes nothing away from a stupendous capture...I wish it was mine!!
Best Regards

hello peter,
the sunbirds are so beautiful bird but difficult to shoot, this bird look so colorful with all those metalic and red color.
nice pov and well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-15 22:30]

Hi Peter

Great composition of this little sunbird. Lovely pose and focus with nice colour.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-16 1:15]

Hi Peter.
You managed to catch an amazing scene with beautiful bird and impressive twig and flowers. Composition of the shot. Its colours and details are stunning. Some CA is not a point. My best wishes and TFS.

Hola Peter,
Preciosa foto que se asemeja a un óleo, bonito modelo en una magnífica composición, preciosos colores. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Peter,
A good capture of this colorful sunbird. But I think due to heavy cropping the picture quality is lacking. Anyway thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter,
nice shot of lovely and colourful sunbird,i like composition here,
well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-07-16 6:20]

Hello Peter,
What a lovely capture from your archives! This Sunbird is really gorgeous and looks good on the diagonal branch and among the flowers. Very good pose and fantastic colours!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Peter,
Great bird and composition with a lovely pose

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-16 8:09]

Hi Peter,

I have seen Sunbirds but none like this. This looks more like a beautiful embroidery than a photograph. Colors are wonderful - I love the irridescent green head and neck. Nice details and an exeptional composition.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-16 10:31]

Hello Peter, that's a fine capture of this truly beautiful bird, very well composed in its natural environment! Welldone again, thanks!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2008-07-16 12:46]

Hello Peter,
Another gem from your archives!
This time showing a male Greater-collard Sunbird. The composition, colours and pose against a plain sky are excellent, and though a little soft, it is a great to see this image of such a colourful and striking bird.
Thanks for sharing it,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-16 13:35]

I've run out of time!

Will be back tomorrow.


Hoi Peter,
which for a photo. A wonderful composition, beautiful colors, super.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-16 22:07]

Hello Peter

I like the curvy theme of the shot.
Excellent rich colours.
The composition is very good.
Very good pov and dof.
The plumage is amazing.


Hi Peter, fantastic composition with lovely colorful bird, splendid sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wow Peter,
Send this hummer over here to Texas, this beauty really makes my Black-chinned look sick :)
I like the comp, pose, and POV, wonderful colors mf.
Well done,

Hi Peter,
wonderful shot of this beautiful bird

Hola Peter,

a pesar del evidente desenfoque, una toma muy especial debido al excelente juego de colores perfectamente a juego con el fondo.

Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2009-06-14 5:19]

Hi Peter,
this one is just like a painting. Very artistic and very lovely.
Superbs composition of a unique style.


Goeiedag Peter,
Have been looking through your gallery and concentrated on the ones from South Africa. Your bird photography is excellent and this one attracted my attention because of the very nice composition, not to even mention the colours. I am familiar with the Sunbird but a sighting always is a pleasant surprise. Well done.

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this exotic bird, fine POV and the way it is framed,
beautiful light, and the catch-light render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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