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.

If you’d like image rights for commercial purposes then please submit a Request Image Rights form. Downloads are available

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

Grahamstown 1820-2020: A Heritage Photobook

The 43 pictures in this photo book were taken during 2018 and 2019 to commemorate the bicentenary of the 1820 Settlers. They’re a personal selection of Grahamstown’s Heritage Sites and prominent landmarks. There are 70 gazetted Heritage Sites in the city (recently renamed Makhanda). Most front on to the ten streets and two forts of the town shown in Piers sketch of Grahamstown in 1838. Fort England lies on the top left of the sketch and Fort Selwyn is on the right hand margin. The centre of the town was undoubtedly the triangular shaped Church Square.  

Piers' 1838 Sketch of Grahamstown
Piers’ 1838 Sketch of Grahamstown

This link allows you to browse the book page by page. It has 43 colour pictures and three maps in a softcover at A5 size.

GRAHAMSTOWN 1820-2020: A HERITAGE PHOTOBOOK

I’ve photographed the landmarks and street scenes using different styles. Some are taken by moonlight, some are in a sepia style and others highlight the character of the town as it is today.

You can order a copy of the book by going to the shop. Copies are only couriered to South African addresses.

Grahamstown 1820-2020 Heritage Photobook
Front Cover, Drostdy Arch by Moonlight
Grahamstown 1820-2020 Heritage Photobook
Church Square
Drostdy Arch Grahamstown 1820-2020 Heritage Photobook
Drostdy Arch in sepia
Fort Selwyn Grahamstown 1820-2020 Heritage Photobook
Rhodes students enjoying the Moonrise at Fort Selwyn
Memorial Stone 1820 Settlers National Monument Grahamstown 1820-2020 Heritage Photobook
Memorial Stone 1820 Settlers National Monument
1820 Settlers National Monument and Grahamstown's townships Grahamstown 1820-2020 Heritage Photobook
1820 Settlers National Monument and Grahamstown’s townships
Settler Family by Ivan Mitford-Barberton, 1820 Settlers National Monument
Settler Family by Ivan Mitford-Barberton, 1820 Settlers National Monument
The Fountain Court at the 1820 Settlers National Monument
The Fountain Court at the 1820 Settlers National Monument
Rhodes University Clocktower
Rhodes University Clocktower
Chapel of Saint Mary and all the Angel's on the St Peter's campus at Rhodes University
Chapel of Saint Mary and all the Angel’s on the St Peter’s campus at Rhodes University
The Old Provost on Lucas Avenue by moonlight
The Old Provost on Lucas Avenue by moonlight
Tryall Cottage on Rhodes University campus
Tryall Cottage on Rhodes University campus
High Street by night Grahamstown 1820-2020 Heritage Photobook
High Street by night
The Memorial Clock Tower at St Andrews College
The Memorial Clock Tower at St Andrews College
The Old Pillar Box on Worcester Street
The Old Pillar Box on Worcester Street
The Old Gaol fronts on to Somerset Street
The Old Gaol fronts on to Somerset Street
Cathedral of St Michael and St George on Church Square
Cathedral of St Michael and St George on Church Square
Grocott and Sherry streetscene
Grocott and Sherry streetscene
Street scene with donkey, Church Square
Street scene with donkey, Church Square
Kyle and Diego on Church Square
Kyle and Diego on Church Square
Church Square in sepia
Church Square in sepia
The City Hall on Church Square
City Hall, Church Square, Grahamstown, Makana
Commemoration Methodist Church looks down Bathurst Street
The Commemoration Methodist Church looks down Bathurst Street
St Patrick's Church on Hill Street
St Patrick’s Church on Hill Street
Babb's Winged Figure of Peace, the Anglo-Boer Memorial
Babb’s Winged Figure of Peace, the Anglo-Boer Memorial
On the Corner of Prince and Oak
On the Corner of Prince and Oak
Police Bakkie speeding past 48-50 Bathurst Street
Police Bakkie speeding past 48-50 Bathurst Street
The Observatory Museum on Bathurst Street
The Observatory Museum on Bathurst Street
The Baptist Church on Bathurst Street
The Baptist Church on Bathurst Street
Makana's Kop from Cross Street
Makana’s Kop from Cross Street
Looking down Bartholomew Street
Looking down Bartholomew Street
10 Cross Street on Artificers' Square
10 Cross Street on Artificers’ Square
St Bartholomew's by Night
St Bartholomew’s by Night
The Old Wesleyan Chapel at Fort England
The Old Wesleyan Chapel at Fort England
The Almshouses at 21 - 23 Lawrence Street
The Almshouses at 21 – 23 Lawrence Street
The Restored Chubb House at Kingswood College
The Restored Chubb House at Kingswood College
Makana Revive at work outside The Cock House
Makana Revive at work outside The Cock House
1820 Settlers National Monument from Across the Valley
1820 Settlers National Monument from Across the Valley
Grahamstown 1820-2020: A Heritage Photobook