Little Pollinator

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There are many brilliantly-coloured sunbirds in Africa. This female gray sunbird is not one of them!
But the only one I was able to catch. At least she is in a typical, thorny environment.
The orange is pollen from her last flower visit.

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Technical Details

D850 (then)
500 mm
File Name: H:\AAA4N\RJB_6493 copy.jpg

Exposure Time: 1/250 sec
F Number: f/8
ISO Speed Ratings: ISO 500
Exposure Program: Aperture priority
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure Bias: 1 EV

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Always cool to catch a bird with evidence from the cookie jar, Sandy. A very nice pose with a lovely perch and background and that orange pollen creates a wonderful little splash of color.

I really like this. Technically excellent, off the cuteness scale and nice view of its environment which isn’t so cute.

Great look at this bird. Fine detail and the orange pollen is a nice bonus. I like the environmental aspect as well. Those thorns look deadly; one misstep on the landing and the poor think would be impaled. I’d be tempted to remove the brown thorn or branch above the beak and the “V” on the right hand background.

All the littler birds seem to love the thorn bushes, sitting adeptly between and building nests amidst the thorns.

I’m sure the thorns deter the predators from trying to get the birds. Crashing down into a thorn bush to snag a small meal would be pretty painful.

Hi Sandy, love seeing this interesting bird with the curved beak and brown head. The pollen is a nice kicker for this image. Fine details and exposure. The thorny perch is interesting too. Nice image.

Lovely capture of a sweet-looking little bird. The environment is nicely presented without overwhelming the subject. I love @Dennis_Plank’s cookie jar analogy!!

Hard to find anything here deserving of “critique” but just a slightly modified take – I think a crop from the left to get rid of the last two thorns there, and the slightest boost in contrast could also work well. Had to take a minute to play. While I was at it I did a quickanddirty removal of the thorn and stem going out the bottom. Back to minding my own business now… :upside_down_face: