This little sunbird – a female malachite appears to be revelling in a light rain shower. She dipped in and out of the puddles skimming across the pavers with her bill. What a delight to watch her, a flurry of feathers and lightness of wingbeats- a dainty dance.
South Africa is classed as ‘semi-arid’ and even in a year of good rainfall, water resources are stretched. The Western Cape falls under a winter rainfall area and the dams should be brimming, yet the levels are only averaging 62.3% full. It does not bode well for the dry summer months ahead; water restrictions are in place across the country as the drought conditions stretch into a third year.