12 September 2010

Sunbird Gaze

These birds on the telephone wire were gazing at a particular object for sometime. Later, I got to know that there was a rat snake on the other side of the lane.


Amaris in Wonderland said...

Pretty birds!! (...and good lookouts!)

The curvature of their beaks is so interesting.

Kirigalpoththa said...

I think their curved bills are for nectar feeding. Thanks for your comments as always.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Love those little birds... What beautiful colors... Love that yellow on them. And yes, they are really 'gazing' at something interesting!!!

Sunny said...

Such lovely colors on the little birds and I'd rather see them than the snake, I think :)
☼ Sunny

rainfield61 said...

A couple of them form a good company.

Loshini said...

Cute shot:) erm what's a rat snake?

Me-shak said...

Lovely picture, K. I agree with Amaris. The yellow yellow belly looks awesome. Looking forward for more.


Μαριανα said...

With their dark-colored heads and bills they seem to me as mythic guardian birds of Kirigalpoththa. ...Oh my imagination always flies with such images. :)
Regards from greece!

Frieda said...

These birds are beautiful. Great shot!

magerata said...

Looks like you had a good vantage point! Also a good view of the electrical cables. Different from your regular photos. Interesting!

betchai said...

where you up somewhere near when you took this shot? they are pretty and the picture is very clear.

George said...

This is a great picture of these birds. I like the yellow on their breast.

Offthebeatentrack said...

hehe, they were keeping a close watch eh?

Cassiopeia said...

Very interesting birds. I'd stare at a rat snake too!

Nice photos.

Kirigalpoththa said...

They are actually very small birds. The length from bill to tail is about 5-6cm. But as you said very colorful.

Yess, the snake terrified the birds for sometime and then vanished in the bushes.

Yes, they had synchronized movements :)

It is a medium scale non venomous snake, usually fed on rats, little lizards, birds etc. The rat snake I mentioned is locally known as Gerandiya.

This is a quite common bird where I live. I had a even better encounter with a similar kind sometime back too.

Yes we are always notified about oncoming threats from any snakes cos of their typical calls. Only problem is they do the same for cats too. :)

Thanks a lot as always :)

Yes, thought of doing a different post from hiking :) I was watching them for a while from the window of the second floor.

I was about two metres from the birds. They didn't notice me as they were quite absorbed on the snake faraway.

Yes, I also like their bluish black little bills.

Yes my watch birds :)

I went after the rat snake to take a picture but it vanished in the bushes.

Thanks all for your comments.

Sankara Subramanian C said...

Lovely shot!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Thanks Sankara :)

Anjana Gunawardena said...

Great shot!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shot of sun birds.

Wikeds said...

Amazing, they look like identical twins and their posture is like a mirror image!

Janith said...

Ah, the anti-predator early warning system has been activated I see! :D Nice capture K!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Thanks :)

Glad you like it :)

Looks like almost the same but they could be male and a female but I do not know how to figure it out.

Yes, I have this system fixed free of charge, where I live :)

Joyful said...

Thank you for visiting my blog.I like this photo of the two birds. They look like twins :-) Do you know what they are called?

Nicole said...

Those are gorgeous!
Can't believe they are watching for a snake when they sit high above like that.

Kirigalpoththa said...

You are welcome :)
I think they are called sunbirds, but not sure on the exact type.
Thanks for your comments.

Yes, they are very alert and can see very far :)
Thanks for your comments.

Indrani said...

Such clear capture.
Well taken. :)

eileeninmd said...

They are pretty birds, great capture. I guess they were worried about the snake.

cat said...

Such lovely little birds. Great capture!

Knatolee said...

Lovely bird shot!

One of the things I remember about SL is fruit bats hanging dead from power lines, having been electrocuted! This is a much nicer image. :)

Anonymous said...

Its like you can see with the eyes of a bird. Nice capture.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Yes, they were quite worried about the danger closeby.

Thanks very much!

Yes, these birds are smaller, so not unlucky like the bats. You get electrocuted, only if you touch two power lines. Bats are bigger and tend hit both power lines. Also remember they fly at night and can't see most of the power lines on their way.

Natural Moments,
Thanks a lot for your comments :)

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Harshi said...

Wow.. an awesome shot with a great angle.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Glad you like it :)