We’ve been putting out nectar feeders for the sunbirds and Cape sugarbirds while the fynbos vegetation recovers from the mountain fires in November. This mob of chattering sugarbirds rushes in as the sun dips in the late afternoon just in time for a dinnertime feed. We expect to see less of them as their nesting season approaches and other duties call. Soon the females will be building nests while the males protect their respective territories.
25 thoughts on “Dinnertime”
it is very kind to do that!
Thats very nice, so pretty birds.
Cool feeder, did you make it?
It is cool! Some clever chap struck on the idea of recycling used bottles and designed the hanging bracket. Very effective it is too. It hangs perfectly at that angle.
What beautiful birds and lucky to have a nice feeder. I thought the birds in Africa were amazing!
Thanks, and here in the southern hemisphere a whole different variety of species 🙂
Wow, just look at those tails! I love the sunbirds.
… long feathery tresses 🙂 They’re in courting mode, and their displays are quite acrobatic.
Lovely photos Liz! I like the lavender in the background, it seems to amplify the taste of the nectar.
It’s interesting to see which flowers they favour – love the aloes, and of course the protea and ericas. Have just planted some rare ericas (verticillata) which we bought from Kirstenbosch and they found them right away.
Must be a very satisfying feeling, knowing that your garden is so wildlife-friendly, Liz!
Yes thanks, it’s neat having a variety of visitors 🙂
Great concern towards nature, well done and creatively!
Thanks for your comments Zero.
Stunning photos, what’s in the bottle?
Thanks Gilly 🙂 Aren’t they little beauties. We use a special blend of essential sugars – a Sunbird nectar mix which has the correct proportions of fructose, glucose and sucrose with probiotics. A couple drops of red food colouring acts as an attractant. It’s good to see though that they also visit the fynbos flowers in the garden – the protea and ericas.
I guessed it would be something like that 🙂
Thanks arv. Had a quick look at your captivating blog on Jaipur. Would love to travel there, signing up to set my sights on all that information.
Thank You for what you’ve written. 🙂 I’m sure you’ll love visiting here. I generally stay away from blogging on popular tourist places. There is enough on internet. you have a lovely blog. 🙂
What fabulous garden visitors, they must really brighten your days!
Love them! From their chatter, to the sweetest of tweets. The little sunbirds are my favourites though, they flit around like jewels on the wing. They have extraordinary almost metallic colours which glint in the sunlight.