Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans)
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The Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
Male: Very colourful feathers.
Female: Less colourful feathers.
Settings: 1/250 ƒ/5.6 ISO 320 800mm
Why this awkward pose?
In the first 100 exposure of this bird I have so far, this is the best image to show off the sunbird's colorful throat.
Why did you go birding on a workday?
I went birding on a workday so I could bring my cousin's kids (aged 5 to 17) to a forested area near their sister's home (30km away) as a respite from Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
. You see these kids are survivors of the said Super Typhoon. Though their homes in Tacloban City
just experienced very minor typhoon damage their schools were completely destroyed and many of their friends, classmates and neighbors are among the more than 5,800 dead and more than 1,700 missing.
How can you (yes YOU) can help?
Go to your nearest Red Cross or directly to http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate
and donate. Any amount is help.