The Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

The Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker is another tiny bird, barely about 9 cm from tip to tip (don’t let the size of the bird in the frame fool you) with a lovely scarlet streak running all the way from its head down its back. Was lucky to get this one quite close and with a pleasing background as well. Love the play of light on the leaves which result in a fairly wide range of greens. The out-of-focus twig in the foreground is a blemish, but thats the way it was.

The first individual to make its appearance, however, was the female of the species. Why all the female flowerpeckers are uniformly dull with olive-green/brown beats me. This one, has a scarlet rump that is quite distinctive thought and contrasts with the olive-brown upper parts.

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