Feasting on Spring Flowers: The Female or Juvenile Southern double-collared sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus)

Spring is around the corner and the honey euryops bush (Euryops virgineus) is in full bloom. The yellow flowers of this plant attracts countless bees and insects, which in turn attract, amongst other friends, the Southern double-collared sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus). (It is interesting to contrast the female or juvenile bird from the male. See my post from two weeks ago where you can see the stark contrast.) This little chirpy friend seems to be so happy when this particular bush is in full bloom. All the small insects and the pollen provides ample food and fun for this little friend.

It is amazing how nature relies on so many factors that we are not even aware of. This particular plant attracts bees and insects, which attracts our little sunbird friend. The plant or bush itself relies on the ground and the insects, bacteria, and other organisms to feed it. I try to do my part in feeding the ground compost and water so that this system can function mostly independently from me. Where this bush used to be was grass, and in the summer the grass dies. Since getting rid of the grass, and converting it into a garden, I have seen so many organisms and life come to my garden. We strive to do good, but sometimes intervention (even with good intentions) seems to do bad. Plant trees and flowers, make compost, and let nature do the rest! Stay safe and take life in.

The Shots

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The Attempts

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