The Lockdown Sunbirds

It’s lockdown. Imagine a window of open space a metre wide and half a metre high. The left hand side is the corner pillar of our stoop. On the right hand side of the open space hangs our new bird feeder – filled with sugar water – for the sunbirds. The Lockdown Sunbird pictures were taken in the days, weeks and months that followed as the Greater Double-Collared, Southern Double-Collared and Amethyst Sunbirds came to feed on the sugar water. Bulbuls and Cape Weavers were common visitors as well. All of these pictures were taken through that little open window. To me they represented freedom and beauty and I’ve done my best to show this. 

The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Green Light

They’re difficult birds to photography because they are small – between the size of a large hen’s egg and a sparrow – and very quick. I got all of these shots as they flitted across from, and back to, the large boer bean tree that grows behind the pillar of the stoop.

My Olympus OMD EM1 II can take an amazing 60 frames per second in High Capture Pro mode. So if I get 10 frames with a sunbird going across to the feeder then it’s covering the one metre in 1/6th of a second. That’s fast! I had to sit close to the feeder as well because the best lens I have for the job is the M.Zuiko 40-150 mm – most bird photographers use something like a 300-600 mm lens. But with patience the birds got used to having me nearby sitting with the camera held to my eye ready to get a shot.

The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Poised

I make my own prints – up to A3+ size (that’s 33×48 cms or 13″x19″) – using Lucia inks on Canon’s full range of archival photo papers. The high gloss Luster or Pro Platinum papers are a good choice for these birds. Shipping is usually only to South Africa because international courier charges can be high. But you can purchase a download (for personal use) of each image and print your own copy using an online fine art printing store. Contact me at roddyfox@mac.com if you’d like help with this. Please go to the shop for further information about each image. You can purchase using a credit card, debit card or instant EFT.

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The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Double-collared delight
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Poised
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
In the flow
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Heading home
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Amethyst sunrise
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Opalescent
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Last Light
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Finale
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Green Light
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Delta
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Jet Plane
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Ethereal
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
What Big Claws You Have Got
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Aerial ballet
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Harassment
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Into the Sky
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Confrontation
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Taking Flight
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Amethyst Sunset
The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Bulbul in the light
The Lockdown Sunbirds